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HMRC continues to warn taxpayers to be aware of the problem of fraudulent phishing emails

Posted by admin on June 6, 2014

HMRC continues to warn taxpayers to be aware of the problem of fraudulent phishing emails. The emails typically look to obtainstop-sign.jpg taxpayers personal and or financial information such as passwords, credit card or bank account details. The phishing emails often include a link to a bogus website encouraging the recipient to enter their personal details.  HMRC have published examples here.

As you may guess, these are not genuine HMRC messages and should be disregarded. These scams use bogus e-mails and websites to trick taxpayers.

The phishing emails are being sent from all around the world. HMRC have helped close down illegal sites in countries including the United States of America, Russia and Japan, as well as central and eastern Europe. However, the proliferation of these types of emails continues.

Anyone who are unsure as to the authenticity of any email purporting to be from HMRC should avoid clicking on any links until satisfied that the email is legitimate.  Send any examples of phishing you receive to the HMRC at phishing(at)hmrc.gsi.gov.uk and then delete them.