HMRC Scams

16 10 2009

We have had a lot of people phoning us recently, telling us that HMRC had sent them an email, saying that they had made an overpayment on their PAYE, and if they sent their bank details to HMRC they will get a refund. Luckily, they contacted us before they sent any details off, and falling for the scam. Whilst many emails may come through that look genuine (both content AND email address), it is important that you remember NEVER to send your bank details to ANY email address that asks for them.

HMRC published the following warning on 21st August:

HMRC related scam examples
Tax rebate – updated 21 August 2009

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) would not inform customers of a tax rebate via email, or invite them to complete an online form to receive a rebate of tax.

Do not visit the website contained within the email or disclose any personal or payment information.

Email addresses used to distribute the tax rebate emails include:

* tax-inform@hmrc-information.co.uk
* online.paper@hmrcpaper.co.uk
* office.tax@hmrc.taxreturn.co.uk
* customers@hmrc.gov.uk
* help.desk@hmrc.notify-online.co.uk
* online.notify@hmrc-customs.co.uk
* hmrchelpdesk@hrmchelpdesk.co.uk
* securemail@hmrc.gov.uk
* tax-refund@hmrcforms.co.uk
* refundsdept@hmrc.gov.uk
* hmrc@tax-revenue.uk
* refunds@hmrc.gov.uk
* taxcredits@hmrc.co.uk
* tax-service@hmrc.customs.gov.uk
* service@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk

HMRC does not send out emails using these email addresses.

The link can be found at

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/security/examples.htm

As you can see, most of these email addresses look like they are genuine, especially securemail@hmrc.gov.uk, but once again, NEVER send your bank details out in an email, no matter how genuine the email looks.

Hopefully this has been of use to you,

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