New warning over HMRC phishing emails
Taxpayers are being advised to be wary of fraudulent emails purporting to be from HMRC, which inform individuals that they are entitled to a tax rebate.
HMRC said it received almost 80,000 reports of tax rebate phishing emails last year. The emails promise a tax refund in exchange for personal, credit card or banking details. However, those who respond risk exposing themselves to fraud and having their personal information passed on to criminal gangs.
HMRC states that it would not inform customers of a tax rebate via email, and is advising taxpayers not to surrender any of their personal or payment details.
Suspicious HMRC emails should be forwarded to: firstname.lastname@example.org.