Expert tax and financial services group 1st Contact, urges individuals to not be fooled by continual e-mail scams orchestrated by fraudsters. The scam e-mails are designed to create the impression that they have been sent by the Inland Revenue.
The Inland Revenue does not generally send out e-mails, therefore any mails that appear to be from the Inland Revenue or HM Revenue and Customs, present a sure sign of fraudulent activity.
The following are examples of e-mails addresses utilised by fraudsters as a means of mimicking the Inland Revenue:
The fake e-mail addresses above are shown on the HMRC website along with examples of the content contained in scam mails. 1st Contact advise individuals to not visit any websites indicated in these emails and to never disclose any information to these e-mail sources. At certain times, the HMRC may require additional information from you, where we recommend that you call the HMRC direct or utilise the services of 1st Contact’s Tax Refunds division, to verify that the request is genuine.
If you suspect you have received a fraudulent email please do not follow any links indicated in the email or respond to the mail in any way. We would rather encourage you to forward any potential scam mail to the HMRC at firstname.lastname@example.org .This will give the HMRC an opportunity to track down and hopefully catch these fraudsters.
1st Contact encourages consumers to be alert and on guard at all times. During these financially trying times, fraudulent activity is rampant, where fraudsters will stop at nothing to get a hold of your money.
Using a reputable tax agent, such as 1st Contact, who is an accredited member of the ASA (Association of Tax Agents), is a sure way to eliminate being a target of tax fraud.
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