Fake HMRC emails

There are more fake HMRC emails doing the rounds! We’ve included an example below. There are some slight variations, but all of them advise that you are due a tax refund, and that you open an attachment. You are then invited to submit your personal details and bank account information via a fake website.

HMRC never communicate by email in relation to refunds – so all you need to do is hit the ‘delete’ button.



HMRC 2010-2011

Dear Applicant,

The contents of this email and any attachments are confidential and as applicable, copyright in these is reserved to HM Revenue & Customs.

Unless expressly authorised by us, any further dissemination or distribution of this email or its attachments is prohibited.

 If you are not the intended recipient of this email, please reply to inform us that you have received this email in error and then delete it without retaining any copy.

 I am sending this email to announce: After the last annual calculation of your fiscal activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund of 394.79 GBP


You have attached the tax return form with the TAX REFUND NUMBER

ID: 138771701,

complete the tax return form attached to this message.

 After completing the form, please submit the form by clicking the SUBMIT button on form and allow us 5-9 business days in order to process it.

 Our head office address can be found on our web site at HM Revenue & Customs: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk


HMRC Tax Credit Office

Copyright 2013, HM Revenue & Customs UK All rights reserved.

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