Warning over scam tax rebate e-mails
NOTTS taxpayers are being warned to look out for scam e-mails promising tax refunds.
The cons, known as phishing, involve fraudsters sending e-mails offering rebates in exchange for personal, credit card or banking details.
People who respond risk their details being sold on to organised criminal gangs and having money stolen from accounts.
Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs said that in 2012, it received nearly 80,000 reports of the schemes. E-mails often link to a clone of HMRC's genuine website to trick unsuspecting taxpayers into handing over their details, but HMRC never sends e-mails about a genuine tax rebate.
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Gareth Lloyd, head of digital security, said: "HMRC does not e-mail customers about tax refunds – we only ever contact customers who are genuinely due tax back in writing, by post.
"If anyone receives an e-mail offering a tax rebate and claiming to be from HMRC, please send it to email@example.com before deleting it permanently."