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Fraudulent scam email / Beware

1 United Kingdom Review updated:

Full details pasted below from a Times article, at this link:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/money/tax/article6575390.ece


Revenue warning over tax rebate fraud
Fraudsters are targeting taxpayers with a sophisticated online scam
David Budworth

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is warning people not to fall for a scam email that suggests the recipient is eligible for a tax refund.

Several readers have contacted Timesonline this week after receiving the messages, which claims personal details such as date of birth and credit card numbers have to be revealed before the money can be repaid. One reader described it as "extremely realistic."

It begins:

"Dear Applicant. After the last annual calculation of your fiscal activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund of ..."
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A spokesman for the Revenue said: "HMRC would not inform customers of a tax rebate via email, or invite them to complete an online form to receive a rebate of tax. Do not visit the website contained within the email or disclose any personal or payment information."

The fraudulent email is the latest in a series of scam messages that have been sent out claiming to be from HMRC. Another email doing the rounds is one that claims that HMRC has approved the recipient to receive money.

Email addresses used to distribute the fraudulent emails include:

hmrc@hmrc.taxe-refund.com.uk

successful@gov.uk

customer.office@hmrc.customsoffice.gov.uk

tax-service@hmrc.customs.gov.uk

notify2@hrms.co.uk

refundtax@hmrc.gov.co.uk

TaxRefund@hmrc.gov.uk

service@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk

claims@hmrc.direct.gov.uk

notice@hmrc.gov.uk

hmrc@hmrc.gov.uk

admin@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk

info@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk

no-reply@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk

refund@hmrc.gov.uk

Refound@hmrc.gov.uk

IRS@hmrc.gov.uk

services@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk

service@HMRC.co.uk

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  • Bl
      16th of Feb, 2010
    0 Votes

    I have received an e-mail form this e-mail address autorefund@hmrc.gov.uk saying...


    Tax Refund Notification


    After the last annual calculations of your fiscal activity, we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund of 1127.29 GBP. Please submit the tax refund request and allow 6-9 days in order to process it.

    Click Here to submit you tax refund request

    Note : A refund can be delayed a variety of reasons, for example submitting invalid records or applying after deadline.

    Yours Sincerely

    HM Revenue & Customs

  • My
      8th of Mar, 2010
    0 Votes

    Flag this messageTax Refund NotificationSaturday, 6 March, 2010 17:37From: "HM Revenue & Customs" Add sender to ContactsTo: undisclosed-recipients

    Tax Refund Notification


    After the last annual calculations of your fiscal activity, we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund of 1349.20 GBP. Please submit the tax refund request and allow 6-9 days in order to process it.

    Click Here to submit you tax refund request

    Note : A refund can be delayed a variety of reasons, for example submitting invalid records or applying after deadline.

    Yours Sincerely

    HM Revenue & Customs

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    SCAM I received this today then googled it and thankfully you beat me to it. Well done EXOSE the scam artists!

  • Sa
      26th of Mar, 2010
    0 Votes

    :O ..i got that email a while ago too..i checked it all out because i thought it ws true because when i was working at my last job, i got taxed and never bothered to get it returned.

    It looks like a genuin enough email too and takes you to a website identical to the HM Revenues one too.

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