'Phishy' Email Scams
Back in March 2010 robinson+co’s Tax Partner, Victoria Bishop, produced a news article entitled ‘Email from H M Revenue & Customs?’ it read…
“Please note that H M Revenue & Customs (HMRC) DO NOT contact taxpayers by email, and certainly NOT about tax repayments. If you receive an email purporting to be from H M Revenue & Customs, DO NOT OPEN IT. It will be a “phishing” email from fraudsters trying to trick you out of your bank account details…”
Now Victoria Bishop is reporting further ‘phishy’ email scams as HMRC warns taxpayers to be vigilant following a surge of fake ‘phishing’ emails sent out by fraudsters, following the 31 January Self Assessment tax return filing deadline.
The email informs the recipient they are due a tax rebate, and provides a click-through link to a replica of the HMRC website. The recipient is asked to provide their credit card details. Fraudsters then try to take money from the account using the details provided. Victims risk having their bank accounts emptied and their personal details sold on to other organised criminal gangs.
In the last three months, HMRC has shut down 99 websites that were responsible for sending out the fake tax rebate emails.
HMRC strongly advises customers to not click on websites, links contained in suspicious emails or open attachments.
If you have reason to believe that you have been the victim of an email scam, report the matter to your bank/card issuer as soon as possible.