After the second Self Assessment payment at the end of July, HMRC noticed a sharp rise in scam emails purporting to offer tax refunds.
Rather than simply alerting people via their website they issued a press release, so serious are the concerns that the fraudsters will obtain bank account details from unsuspecting victims.
Their advice is:
- Check the advice published at www.hmrc.gov.uk/security/index.htm to see if the email you have received is listed
- Forward any suspicious emails to HMRC at: and then delete them from your computer / email account
- Do not click on website links contained in suspicious emails or open attachments
- Follow advice from www.getsafeonline.org. If you have reason to believe that you have been the victim of an email scam, report the matter to your bank / card issuer as soon as possible