BEWARE OF THE HMRC EMAIL SCAM. How to spot a fraud.

Every day our firm receives calls and emails regarding an email from the 'HMRC' claiming they are due a tax repayment. THIS IS A SCAM DESIGNED TO TAKE YOUR MONEY OR PERSONAL DETAIL.

Example given below:

There are several ways to spot a fraudulent email from the HMRC. For example:

  • Incorrect sender/ 'from' emails

    • Often scam emails will be send from emails that are very similar to the HMRC's email addresses. For instance, 'refunds@hmrc.org.uk
  • Includes personal infomation

    • Emails from HMRC will never:

      • notify you of a tax rebate 
      • offer you a repayment
      • ask you to disclose personal information such as your full address, postcode, Unique Taxpayer Reference or details of your bank account
      • give a non HMRC personal email address to send a response to
      • ask for financial information such as specific figures or tax computations, unless you’ve given us prior consent and you have formally accepted the risks
      • have attachments, unless you have given prior consent and you have formally accepted the risks
      • provide a link to a secure log-in page or a form asking for information - instead we will ask you to log on to your online account to check for information
  • Urgent action required ('YOU HAVE 24 HOURS')

    • Fraudsters will often express urgent action needed in their scam email. If you receive an email and are unsure contact the HMRC by their official contact details.
  • Scam websites

    • Fraudsters can use webpages that look like the homepage of the HMRC website as a way to trick you into disclosing personal/confidential information. 
  • Be aware that fraudsters sometimes use genuine links to HMRC web pages in their emails, this is to try and make their emails appear genuine.

 

Our advice:

IF IN DOUBT CONTACT THE HMRC BY THEIR OFFICIAL CONTACT DETAILS.

If you think you have received a scam email from the HMRC contact Action Fraud now:

Action Fraud 
http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/ 
0300 123 20 40

 

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