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latest scam re HM REVENUE ,payment refund
BOB 2
Posted: 06 July 2017 21:55:38(UTC)
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06/07/2017
Today i received a e.mail from superposed H M REVENUE & CUSTOMS
<info@homeimprovementhelpers.biz>

REFUND NUMBER.3856954421
we are sending you this email to announce you that after the last annual calculation of your fiscal
activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund of 245.12 GBP.

Click Here to submit your payment refund


note a refund can be delayed for a verity of reasons, for example submitting invalid records
or applying after deadline
HMRC Fol Act Team

room5c/24
101 Parliament Street
LONDON
SW1A 2BQ
.....................................................................................................................................................
me bob 2
e.mail was in spam folder
i clicked refund to see if ,they ask for my banking details , but would not open
as i think BT security stopped me opening refund ?

so searched for similar scams and found this
http://www.derbytelegrap...09672-detail/story.html


and sent a copy of the scam e.mail to
Email scam addresses phishing@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk
Tax rebate/refund

ADVICE FROM HMRC

HMRC will never send notifications of a tax rebate/refund by email, or ask you to disclose personal or payment information by email. Do not visit the website contained within the email or disclose any personal or payment information. A selection of scam email addresses used to distribute the tax rebate emails can be seen below:

reve.alert@hmrc.gov.uk
services@hmrc.co.uk
noreply@hmrevenue.com
service@hmrc.gov.uk
service.refund@hmrc.gov
secure@hmrc.co.uk
hmrc@gov.uk
taxes@hmrc.co.uk
taxrefund-notice@hmrc.gov.uk
taxrefund@hmrc.gov.uk
refund-help@hmrc.gov.uk
service@online.com
email@hmrc.gov.uk
refund.alert@hmrc.gov.uk
refunds@hmrc.gov.uk
srvcs@hmrc.gov.uk
alertsonline@hmrc.co.uk
info@hmrc.gov.uk
rebate@hmrc.gov.uk
HMRC does not use any of the above email addresses.

Phishing examples
Examples of an HMRC related phishing email/phishing website designed to trick people into disclosing personal information can be seen below.


ADD ON DATED 13/08/17 BE A SCAM SMART INVESTOR
https://www.fca.org.uk/s...rvQoXEAAYAiAAEgIi-PD_BwE
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J Thomas on 06/07/2017(UTC), CCT. on 08/08/2017(UTC)
michael coxson
Posted: 06 July 2017 22:07:09(UTC)
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The word (hear) instead of here would have got me straight away thinking.
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BOB 2 on 06/07/2017(UTC), CCT. on 08/08/2017(UTC)
BOB 2
Posted: 06 July 2017 22:35:58(UTC)
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Thanks Michael well pointed out buuuuuuut that was my mistake
kWIKSAVE
Posted: 07 July 2017 07:49:06(UTC)
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We've all had these !

They always include the pence to look more realistic.

No-one now should ever fall for these again.
Mickey
Posted: 07 July 2017 10:31:38(UTC)
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It should be common knowledge by now that HMRC never email you with a tax refund, mind you they seldom pick up the phone either in my experience. A slight exaggeration as they will answer if you hold on for say half an hour or more :-)

Best way to deal with HMRC is through the post or your MP imho.
AJW
Posted: 07 July 2017 11:28:27(UTC)
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These emails are common for most people. I'm an average person (not significantly wealthy or important) and receive these regularly, they somehow escape my junk filter and can be very convincing.

Golden rule - never open HMRC emails, they won't be legit.
I M
Posted: 07 July 2017 13:46:12(UTC)
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Clicking the link is very dangerous, no matter how good your anti-virus. Before the website even opens all manner of malware might be loading on to your machine. They don't need you to log on to their website if they have managed to download a keyboard logger on to your PC ready for when you do go to your real bank site
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BOB 2
Posted: 07 July 2017 19:00:12(UTC)
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7-7-2017
of interest reply from hmrc today

Thank you for letting us know about the suspicious email / text you have received. We can confirm that this is a scam, and was not issued by HMRC.
Our specialist team will investigate and take the necessary action. Whilst we cannot inform you of the outcome of these investigations I can confirm that we do act on each submission we receive.
HMRC will never send notifications of a tax refund or ask you to disclose personal or payment information by email or text message.
If following receipt of a HMRC related e-mail / text scam you have disclosed:
* Personal information such as password/user ID;
* credit/debit card information or
* have reason to believe your computer has been exposed to a virus

Please forward a report to us at: security.custcon@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk <mailto:security.custcon@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk>
If you have disclosed credit/debit card information you should inform your bank/card issuer immediately.
Emails / texts such as the one you received are issued in huge numbers and sent indiscriminately. We recommend that you use up to date spam filters and continually update your computers anti-spyware and anti-virus software.
In common with all providers of online services, HMRC takes security very seriously but you need to be alert.
We continuously monitor systems and customer records to guard against fraudulent activity. The methods fraudsters use to get the information they want is constantly changing so we provide regular updates on the types of scams we are aware of. The main risk is identity or user ID and password theft. Please ensure that you keep your user ID and passwords secure and change your passwords regularly.
HMRC publicises details of current scams on our website https://www.gov.uk/gover...ue-and-customs-examples

Please continue to forward all suspicious HMRC related e-mails / texts to phishing@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk <mailto:phishing@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk> Alternatively, you can forward HMRC related scam text messages to 60559.
Regards
HMRC Online Security Team
The information in this e-mail and any attachments is confidential and may be subject to legal professional privilege. Unless you are the intended recipient or his/her representative you are not authorised to, and must not, read, copy, distribute, use or retain this message or any part of it. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender immediately.

HM Revenue & Customs computer systems will be monitored and communications carried on them recorded, to secure the effective operation of the system and for lawful purposes.

The Commissioners for HM Revenue and Customs are not liable for any personal views of the sender.

This e-mail may have been intercepted and its information altered.
huudi
Posted: 26 July 2017 13:53:39(UTC)
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This one's been going on for years, it appeals to your greed, I believe HMRC had a place to report it. The 'from' address is a giveaway and the poor English although the latter could be just todays education standards. Remember HMRC never chase you to give money away.
s webster
Posted: 26 July 2017 18:20:06(UTC)
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I would only respond to a letter from HMRC e-mails phone calls would not be answered both of the above are red flags.
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CCT. on 08/08/2017(UTC)
JohnW
Posted: 26 July 2017 19:00:03(UTC)
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The first question to ask yourself is, "Does HMRC have my email address?" I received a similar email from them a year or so back, but as I have never communicated with them by email I deleted it without even bothering to look.
Alan Selwood
Posted: 26 July 2017 19:14:21(UTC)
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If you register to do your return online, you may have supplied an email address so that they can remind you by email that a return is required.

These days logging in is more secure than it used to be because before you can complete the log on, you have to input a code that they ring through to you.
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