HM Revenue & Customs today warned about scam emails trying to coax
banking details out of taxpayers.
The email uses the address firstname.lastname@example.org to suggest recipients are
eligible for a tax refund.
The message also and invites them to complete an online form or click on a
link to submit a tax refund request,
According to the paper, Deepali Schneider received an email using this
address yesterday, saying she was entitled to a tax refund of £988.50.
The email said: “After the last annual calculations of your fiscal activity,
we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund of 988.50 GBP.
Please submit the tax refund request and allow us 2-3 days in order to process
A spokesman for HMRC said: “The email is a sophisticated attempt at internet
fraud and it is very important that anyone receiving it does not reply or
provide any personal details whatsoever.
“We are liaising closely with those agencies working to close down and
prosecute those behind these scams. If you are in any doubt about a
communication claiming to be from HMRC please contact us.”
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