HM Revenue & Customs today warned taxpayers about a fresh rash of scam emails using convincing but fake government email addresses.
An email which uses the address firstname.lastname@example.org claims recipients are eligible to receive a tax refund, and invites them to complete an online form or click on a link to submit a tax refund request.
The email stated: “After the last annual calculations of your fiscal activity , we have determined that
you are eligible to receive a tax refund of 912.64 £.
To access your tax refund, please follow the steps bellow:
– download the Tax Refund Form attached to this e-mail
– open the form and follow the instructions on your screen
It added: “A refund can be delayed for a variety of reasons. For example submitting invalid records or applying after the deadline.”
A spokesman for HMRC said: “The email is a sophisticated attempt at internet fraud and it is very important that anyone receiving it does not reply or provide any personal details whatsoever.
“We are liaising closely with those agencies working to close down and prosecute those behind these scams. If you are in any doubt about a communication claiming to be from HMRC please contact us.”