HMRC Scam E-mails

Posted on 15 July 2011 by Noreen Munro

There is a new scam e-mail doing the rounds, supposedly from HMRC.

The e-mail subject header is "URGENT!! Submit Your Payment Refund" or similar and the originating e-mail address is customs@hmrc.gov.uk.

The e-mail goes on to explain that due to an upgrade in HMRC's computer systems it has come to light that you have overpaid tax and are due a refund, usually of several hundred pounds.

You are then instructed to complete the attached refund application form. DO NOT open the attachment! As yet, we are unsure if there is a virus within the attachment, but the form asks for your bank details and credit/debit card details.....DO NOT complete this form.

You are also informed in the e-mail that the telephone helpline is not able to assist with this application, so therefore the only way to receive the refund is to complete the form.

The post code given at the end of the e-mail is for a residential street in Stanmore, Middx.

This e-mail is not from HMRC and is a scam intended to obtain your personal details and banking information.

If you have already received this scam e-mail and completed the attached form, contact your bank and credit card companies immediately to inform them.

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