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HMRC Scam Warning

posted 15 Nov 2011, 08:04 by Hayter-Dalgliesh Bookkeeping Services   [ updated 15 Nov 2011, 08:11 ]

Taxpayers across Britain are being targeted by email scammers hoping to cash in on HM Revenue & Customers exposed blunders. Six million people are due around £400 each and con-artists have already drafted fake emails asking for personal details.

HMRC, which never contacts anyone owed money via email or telephone, issued an immediate warning. A spokesman said: 'We only ever contact customers who are due a tax refund in writing by post. We currently don't use telephone calls, emails or external companies in these circumstances. If anyone receives an email claiming to be from HMRC, please send it to phishing@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk before deleting it permanently.'

Typically, the emails come from fake address such as:- services@hmrc.co.uk

- message@tax.co.uk

- alertsonline@hmrc.co.uk

- info@hmrc.gov.uk

- noreply@hmrc.gov.uk

- securemail@hmrc.co.uk

- rebate@hmrc.gov.uk

- info.hmrc@direct.gov.uk

- email4983913@hmrc.gov.uk

- payment@hmrc.gov.uk

Anyone receiving an email from one of these email addresses should delete it immediately after alerting HMRC. Do not open the mail or click on any links provided – they may be dangerous and leave a PC at risk of virus infection. HMRC has in the past warned over bogus cold callers claiming to be taxman representatives. Its advice is: 'If you cannot verify the identity of the caller HMRC recommend that you to report it to the police immediately.

Some emails are more believable than others. While the more internet-savvy tend to scoff at the trick, the less experienced are advised to be very wary and wait for HMRC to contact them via post.

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