In the current cyber-world attempted fraud is always increasing and taxpayers need to watch out not only for scam emails and texts but phone calls too.
Phishing emails are designed to steal personal or financial details and may also deliver malicious software. Some of the most common examples involve HMRC and an email advising a taxpayer about a “tax refund notification”. It asks the recipient to click on a link, which then requests personal banking details – leading individuals unwittingly to compromise their financial security. HMRC scam emails often contain the taxman’s logo and official style reference numbers and increasingly appear to be genuine communications. Scammers often sign off using the name of an actual member of HMRC staff. These criminals are getting cleverer all the time sending their emails at peak times i.e. January, when it’s the deadline for completing your self-assessment return, and July, being the deadline for your tax credits submission.
Tax payers please take note that HMRC do not make contact by email or phone to advise you of a refund and never give personal information over the phone to someone you do not know. If you are in any doubt contact your accountant/advisor immediately.
An example of a typical phishing email purporting to be from HMRC is shown below:
If you think you may have received something that isn’t legitimate or you’re unsure then please contact us on 0116 2423400
Mark Cunnold, Client Manager