fraudsters have sent a surge of fake ‘phishing’ emails claiming to be from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs.
The email claims the recipient is due a tax rebate and gives a link to a replica of the HMRC website. It then asks for credit card details.
Victims risk having their bank accounts emptied and personal details circulated to organised criminal gangs.
HMRC said they will only ever contact customers who are due a tax refund in writing by post.
If anyone receives such an email they should send it to firstname.lastname@example.org before deleting it permanently.