Fraudulent emails from ‘HMRC’
HMRC have issued a revised list of email addresses from where fraudulent emails are being sent to taxpayers. Numerous different versions of these emails, which offer bogus tax refunds, are being sent to taxpayers by organised criminal gangs.
The fraudulent emails tell taxpayers that they are due a tax refund and ask for bank or credit card details in order to repay the ‘tax refund’ or ask the recipient to complete an online form. The emails have been tracked as coming from a wide range of genuine looking but fake email addresses.
HMRC repeatedly stress that they would not contact taxpayers by email to advise them about tax refunds. Genuine communications from HMRC about refunds are only ever sent by post.