Fraudulent emails – not from HMRC
Two recent cases of fraudulent emails purporting to come from HMRC have been reported. In the first case, emails ask recipients to ‘update your account to the new EV SSL certification’. This email is sent firstname.lastname@example.org which is not a valid HMRC email address.
The second fraudulent email concerns a well used formula of offering recipients a tax rebate. HMRC do not inform taxpayers of rebates using email.
There are a number of versions of this scam which have been tracked as coming from a variety of aparently genuine hmrc email addresses.
HMRC have made clear that they will never ask anyone to disclose personal information such as User IDs or Passwords in response to emails.
If you receive an email requesting such information and are unsure of its authenticity, please forward it email@example.com.