May 09

Watch out for scam HMRC emails

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There’s a new warning from Peterborough accountants Rawlinsons about a spate of scam HMRC emails going around. The accountants reported a number of people calling their offices expressing concerns about the mysterious email from the tax office.

Because last month marked the end of the tax year, these emails – which make mention of a tax rebate – seem feasible. They detail the name of a ‘tax credit officer’, provide legitimate looking reference numbers and realistic looking links to websites.

HMRC however will never, ever email you with details of a tax rebate, or asking for any personal information.  So if you do receive an email like this one, DELETE it, and DO NOT click on any of the links.

Following the news that around 146,000 people who started to receive their state pension during 2010-11, and who had other income, may have underpaid tax as a result of an HMRC computer glitch – Rawlinsons have expressed concerns about further attempts at scam emails.

Ken Craig, partner at Rawlinsons said; “We have been warned by industry bodies that scammers may latch onto this error and target pensioners with emails or phone calls asking for personal banking details,” said Ken. “The same rules apply. HMRC will contact you in writing but you can speak to them or your accountant to check your status.”

The advice from Moneymagpie is as always, be vigilant. Never give out any personal details by email or over the phone, and if you want to check your status simply give HMRC a call directly.


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