Warning re fraudulent HMRC emails
HMRC are warning taxpayers about fraudulent emails being sent to taxpayers promising a tax rebate or an invitation to complete an online form prior to receiving a rebate.
Genuine correspondence from HMRC in relation to tax rebates is not issued by email and payments are not made by HM Treasury, as is mentioned in the scam email.
In addition HMRC has received reports of emails being sent from firstname.lastname@example.org which requests that recipients ‘update your account to the new EV SSLcertification’. This is a scam email attempting to steal User IDs and passwords.
If taxpayers are unsure to the authenticity of any email purporting to come from HMRC they should forward it email@example.com and seek confirmation as to whether the email is genuine.