Phishing emails and other scams

HM Revenue and Customs have recently reiterated their advice regarding various potentially fraudulent activities that they have come across:

  • Never download an attachment to an email purporting to be from HMRC regarding a tax refund. The attachment is linked to a phishing site asking for personal and financial information.
  • Various email addresses have been used to distribute this scam. The known ones are as follows:
    • service.refund@hmrc.gov
    • secure@hmrc.co.uk
    • taxrefund-notice@hmrc.gov.uk
    • taxrefund@hmrc.gov.uk
    • refund-help@hmrc.gov.uk
    • refund.alert@hmrc.gov.uk
    • refunds@hmrc.gov.uk
    • rebate@hmrc.gov.uk
    • HM-Revenue-&-Customsztoro.com
  • If you receive any dubious looking emails from addresses such as the above, please do not open any attachments as they are likely to contain malicious software or direct you to a bogus website. Please forward the email to phishing@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk and then delete it, as HMRC are maintaining a log.
  • Text messages, and Twitter are also being utilised in an equivalent way. Once again, you should never provide any personal or financial information.

 

Blog author: Nigel Kalb

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