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Don’t get caught on the net by tax rebate phishing scam

Taxpayers reported almost 80,000 tax rebate phishing emails last year, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have revealed today, as they warn people not to fall victim to the email scams sent by fraudsters. The emails promise a tax refund in exchange for personal, credit card or banking details. However, people who respond risk opening their account to fraud and having details sold on to organised criminal gangs.
Emails often link to a clone of HMRC’s genuine website to trick unsuspecting taxpayers into handing over their details, but HMRC never sends emails about a genuine tax rebate.HMRC took action to close down 522 illegal sites in 2012, which showed these emails originated from a number of countries including the United States of America, Russia and Japan, as well as central and eastern Europe.
Gareth Lloyd, Head of Digital Security for HMRC said:
“HMRC does not email customers about tax refunds – we only ever contact customers who are genuinely due tax back in writing, by post.

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