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News - 7 July 2011

HM Revenue & Customs related phishing examples.

HMRC are once again alerting taxpayers to a surge of fake 'phishing' emails sent out by fraudsters in the run-up to the tax credits renewal deadline.
The email informs the recipient they are due a tax rebate and provides a click-through link to a cloned replica of the HMRC website. The recipient is asked to provide their credit or debit card details. Fraudsters then try to take money from the account using the details provided.
Tax rebate
HMRC would not inform customers of a tax rebate via email.

Do not visit the website contained within the email or disclose any personal or payment information.
Online Services email
HMRC are aware that customers have received emails from secure@hmrc.gov.uk . The email states we are making extra security checks and requests you confirm your bank details. Do not click on the links. The email is not from HMRC.
If you receive this email please forward it to phishing@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk and then delete it.
PayPal
HMRC are aware that customers have received emails advising them to download an attachment to request a tax refund via PayPal. Do not download the form. The email is not from HMRC.
If you receive this email please forward it to phishing@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk and then delete it.
Requests for payment or personal information
HMRC are aware that customers have received emails requesting personal details or payment in exchange for lottery winnings, seized goods, certificates, inheritance etc. HMRC would not request payment or personal details via email.
National Insurance/tax rebates

HMRC are aware of companies who are issuing emails to advertise their services. These companies can apply to HMRC for a rebate of National Insurance/tax on the customer's behalf, usually for a fee. These companies are not connected with HMRC in any way.
SMS text messages

If you receive an SMS text message claiming to be from HMRC asking you to contact any number other than Tel 0845 300 3900 or Tel 0845 600 4507, you should not respond to the number but instead report the matter to your HMRC Contact Centre. This warning only applies to any SMS text messages from HMRC. It does not apply to any messages left in person by HMRC officers asking you to ring them back at your local office.

If in any doubt, forward suspicious emails to HMRC at phishing@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk
and then delete it from your computer/mail account; do not click on websites, links contained in suspicious emails or open attachments.

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