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HMRC warns of new phishing scam

Tax credit claimants may be targeted in this latest scam, HMRC tells us that a number of tax credit claimants have received emails which purport to be from HMRC: they are from the address “taxretund@hmrc.gov.uk” and ask the recipient to open a “PDF report on your 2013 tax refund”. The attachment launches a Trojan virus and should not be opened.

HMRC will never send notifications of a tax rebate, or ask its customers to disclose personal or payment information by email. If anyone has any doubt that an email they receive from HMRC is genuine, they should not follow any links from it, disclose any personal details or respond to it. They should instead forward it to HMRC at phishing@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk and then delete it.

HMRC’s security page contains general advice on how to protect yourself and lists other recent examples of phishing scams.