That got your attention, didn’t it? Unfortunately that is the tactic used by fraudsters who use “phishing” emails to con the unwary into divulging banking and personal details.
You can no longer rely on poor spelling and grammar to tip you off that an email is bogus (fraudsters are seemingly better educated these days) and a correct looking “From” email address is no guarantee that an email is genuine. Fraudsters will even include genuine links to HMRC web pages in their emails just to try and make their emails appear genuine.
HMRC point out that emails from them will never:
• notify you of a tax rebate
• offer you a repayment
• ask you to disclose personal information such as your full address, postcode, Unique Taxpayer Reference or details of your bank account
• give a non HMRC personal email address to send a response to
• ask for financial information such as specific figures or tax computations, unless you’ve given us prior consent and you have formally accepted the risks
• have attachments, unless you have given prior consent and you have formally accepted the risks
• provide a link to a secure log-in page or a form asking for information – instead they will ask you to log on to your online account to check for information
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