HMRC warns of "tax rebate" email scam

Uk taxpayers are at risk of a "tax rebate" email scam as thousands of phishing emails are sent out by fraudsters in the run up to the self assessment deadline at the end of the month.

Individuals receiving the emails are told a tax refund is due to them and are redirected to a fake website where they are asked to enter their credit card details, before being redirected back to the official HMRC official website.  


Many vicitims have no idea of the scam at the time of entering the details.  Customers who provide their details risk their accounts being emptied and credit cards used.  


In the last few months over 185 websites have been shut down for sending out phoney tax refund emails.


HMRC warned taxpayers that they would only ever contact people who are due a tax refund by post.  Legimate tax refund forms from HMRC contain a payment order and HMRC stress they would not ask for credit or bank card numbers.  

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