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, 'firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
- 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.