Warning – HMRC Tax Refund Email Scam?

This evening I received an email purportedly to be from HMRC in respect of a tax refund.

The opening to the email is as follows:

“Dear Applicant

We have reviwed your tax return and our calculations of your last years accounts a tax refund of GBP 178.25 is due.”

You will notice that there are errors in that sentence – “reviwed” is spelt incorrectly and “our calculations of your last years accounts….” is just awful grammar. Surely they have missed out some words.

There was a form attached to the email (no doubt asking for my banking details!) but thankfully Outlook placed the email into the Junk E-mail folder.

HMRC are aware of this scam – see this page on the HMRC site.

It would appear that this phishing scam has been around for quite a while as there is an article by Rob over at the moneywatch blog on this very issue back in 2009.

Please pass this on and don’t fall for it – you could find your bank account emptied very quickly!

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2 Responses to “Warning – HMRC Tax Refund Email Scam?”

  1. Rob Lewis 18/01/2011 at 10:41 pm #

    Yes this scam seems to come and go, but probably catches out more people when there’s talk of HMRC errors and possible rebates.

    Cheers for the link.
    Rob Lewis recently posted..Debtris- Britain’s Debt Visualised

  2. shrewdcookie 19/01/2011 at 8:32 am #

    Yes Rob, I am aware of at least one person who has contacted me already to say they got caught out with this scam and their current account was emptied shortly after the completed and returned the form. This scam is very much alive.

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