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Don't be fooled by tax emails, warns HMRC
10:30am Monday 25th February 2013 in News
DON’T be fooled by a council tax rebate email scam, warn HM Revenue and Customs.
Taxpayers reported receiving almost 80,000 tax rebate phishing emails last year from fraudsters promising a tax refund – after you provide bank details.
The clever scammers, who then use the details to fraudulently access accounts, or sell them on to criminal gangs, often provide a link to a clone of HMRC’s real website.
The agency took down 522 illegal sites in 2012, with such emails shown to be originating from the US, Russia, Japan and Eastern Europe.
Gareth Lloyd, head of digital security for HMRC, said: “We only ever contact customers who are genuinely due tax back in writing, by post. We’ll never email customers.”
If anyone receives an email offering a tax rebate and claiming to be from HMRC, please send it to email@example.com before deleting it. More advice at hmrc.gov.uk/securituy/index.htm