HMRC Tax Rebate Scam

There are dozens of variations of this email purporting to be from the HMRC.  Some tell you that you are due a tax refund whilst others appear to be informing you that you have successfully submitted a payment or warn you that you have been a victim of fraud.  They each try to catch you out using slightly different methods to get you to:

-       follow a link to provide personal information (which will then be used to help steal your identity)

-       follow a link to provide payment details (which will then be used to clone your card details)

-       download a seemingly innocent attachment which is actually a virus

-       phone a premium rate phone number (which has nothing to do with the HMRC)

-       make a payment to release goods which have supposedly been blocked by customs

 

From the HMRC website:

“HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) will never send notifications of a tax rebate by email, or ask you to disclose personal or payment information by email.”

 

The methods may vary but, as with any similar scam, the same approach should be taken.  If you do believe the email could be genuine then go to the HMRC website and log on as you normally would.  If you don’t have an account with the HMRC then they won’t have your email.  The alternative is to find the relevant number for the HMRC on their website and speak to them.

-       do not follow any links contained within the suspicious emails

-       do not call any phone numbers contained within the suspicious emails

-       do not download any attachments in the suspicious emails

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