Fake HMRC scam email warning for taxpayers
08 Oct 2014
Yet another fake HMRC phishing scam email targeting taxpayers has been circulating, so recipients are warned not to click on the link it contains.
Purporting to come from HMRC, the email states the recipient is no longer eligible to receive a tax return and needs to sign up with their current details to get back into the system. The email carries an HMRC logo but the spelling mistakes and poor formatting will probably alert many recipients to it being a fake. It also comes from a non-official email address.
The full text of this latest scam email (including original typos) is:
From: HMRC [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: 18 September 2014 11:09
Subject: HMRC - HM Revenue & Customs
We wish to inform you that as of September 20 you are no longer eligible to receive a Tax Return. The reason being the expiration of your current information regarding the method by which you receive your Tax Returns. To alleviate this problem you must renew this information by filling out and submiting this form
Untill you complete this process you will not be able to receive any Tax Return. Please note: Submitting invalid records can lead to the inability to receive Tax Returns for a period of 6 months.
Please submit the Tax Return Information Update Form and allow us 6-9 days in order to process it.
Make sure that you don't click on the link in the e-mail. Instead, forward the suspicious e-mail to HMRC at firstname.lastname@example.org and then delete it.
You can check known more phishing email scams at the HMRC website: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/security/examples.htm