Beware of latest HMRC tax rebate email scam targeting Derby people and 10 more tricks

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Beware of latest HMRC tax rebate email scam targeting Derby people and 10 more tricks

Action Fraud and the Government is warning Derby people to beware of scam emails - supposedly from HMRC - claiming you are owed a tax rebate.

The email does everything in its power to convince people it's authentic including a line which says 'it's from a trusted source'. It also indicates the exact cash amount you are apparently owed and a timescale telling you when you will receive the cash.

The Government adds: "Fraudsters sometimes sign off such scams using the name of a genuine member of HMRC to try to make the scam appear more genuine."

But like so many similar email and texts out there, these bogus messages are designed purely to get access to your personal details and bank account.

The Government has identified more than 20 fake email addresses linked to fake HMRC emails and it is so concerned about the multitude of scams in operation it is offering the following advice.

What should I do if I receive a fake or suspect email?

If you think you have received an HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) related phishing/bogus email or text message, it will help Government investigations if you report all HMRC-related phishing emails and bogus text messages.

Even if you receive the same/similar phishing email or text message on multiple occasions, please forward it to phishing@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk and then delete it. Do not open any attachments or click on any links within the email or text message, as they may contain malicious software or direct you to a bogus website.

What to look out for

Beware of latest HMRC tax rebate email scam targeting Derby people and 10 more tricks
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Action Fraud and the Government is warning Derby people to beware of scam emails - supposedly from HMRC - claiming you are owed a tax rebate.

The email does everything in its power to convince people it's authentic including a line which says 'it's from a trusted source'. It also indicates the exact cash amount you are apparently owed and a timescale telling you when you will receive the cash.

The Government adds: "Fraudsters sometimes sign off such scams using the name of a genuine member of HMRC to try to make the scam appear more genuine."

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But like so many similar email and texts out there, these bogus messages are designed purely to get access to your personal details and bank account.

The Government has identified more than 20 fake email addresses linked to fake HMRC emails and it is so concerned about the multitude of scams in operation it is offering the following advice.

What should I do if I receive a fake or suspect email?

If you think you have received an HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) related phishing/bogus email or text message, it will help Government investigations if you report all HMRC-related phishing emails and bogus text messages.

Even if you receive the same/similar phishing email or text message on multiple occasions, please forward it to phishing@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk and then delete it. Do not open any attachments or click on any links within the email or text message, as they may contain malicious software or direct you to a bogus website.

What to look out for

This is an example of a fake HMRC email sent to a Derby Telegraph email address this week but several other versions exist as criminals change their tactics constantly in a bid to fool you. There are other examples on the government's website. The claim that you are owed a refund has also been sent by way of fake text messages.

Seven more scams linked to HMRC

The key thing to be aware of is that cyber criminals come up with a never ending array of things to tempt you to click on their links. Scams identified by the Government include:

  • Create a Government Gateway account - This bogus email advises customers to 'create a government gateway account' in order to receive a tax refund.
  • VAT refund scam - This fake email asks customers to review their VAT return.
  • Refund companies - HMRC is aware of companies who issue emails advertising their services. They offer to 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.
  • Paypal - Emails advise customers to download an attachment to request a tax refund via PayPal. Do not download the attachment.
  • Security checks - Emails sent to customers from secure@hmrc.gov.uk claim that HMRC is carrying out additional security checks and requesting confirmation of bank details. Do not click on any of the links contained in the email.
  • Export clearance process - Emails claim that goods have been withheld by customs and require a payment before release.
  • Requests for payment or personal information - HMRC is aware that customers have received emails requesting personal details or payment in exchange for lottery winnings; seized goods/packages held by Customs and Excise; certificates/bonds, inheritance payments.

Three more fraudster tricks that could catch you out

The government has received reports of the following scams:

  • Bogus callers - HMRC is aware that some people have received telephone calls or home visits from people claiming to be from HMRC. These bogus callers may encourage you to provide bank account/personal information in exchange for 'tax advice' or a bogus refund. If you can't verify the identity of the caller we recommend that you do not liaise with them. You may wish to consider reporting the incident to Action Fraud.
  • Recorded message threatening legal action - There is currently a telephone scam where a recorded message is left, allegedly from HMRC, stating that HMRC are bringing a lawsuit against the individual and are going to sue them. The recipient is asked to phone 0161 8508494 and press '1' to speak to the officer dealing with the case. This scam is becoming widely reported and seems to be targeting older people.
  • Request to complete NRL1 forms - Lettings agents and landlords living abroad are being targeted by a series of scams. These request completion of a form NRL1 (by email, letter or fax) and ask for a considerable amount of personal information.These forms (which may be headed 'Application for Withholding Certificate for Dispositions by Foreign Persons of UK Real Property Interests' or 'Application for a tax-free account and to receive rental income without deduction of tax for Non-UK Residents') are not issued by HMRC and should not be completed. HMRC will never ask you to disclose personal information by email or fax.

Source:  Derby Telegraph

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