HMRC has again issued a warning to UK residents to beware of phishing emails pretending to be from HMRC. By responding to this type of email, you risk opening your bank account to fraudsters and organised criminal gangs.
In 2013, more than 91,000 phishing emails were reported to HMRC and 1,476 phishing websites were closed down. This is a small consolation, as they simply spring up again at a different URL. The important thing to remember is that HMRC will never send notifications of a tax refund via email, or ask you to disclose personal or payment information by email.
If you receive any sort of email notification claiming to be from HMRC, do not click on any links, reply to the mail, or send back any personal information. Report the email straight away, as this will help to get the website closed down as quickly as possible.
Below are some of the email addresses used to distribute the tax refund emails:
Examples of fake HMRC pages issued by these scam artists can be viewed on these pages:
- Example one (PDF 16K)
- Example two (PDF 80K)
- Example three (PDF 72K)
- Example four (PDF 87K)
- Example five (PDF 86K)
To apply for your tax refund through the right channel, visit 1st Contact Tax Refunds.