tax rebates

Tax-rebate Phishing on the Rise, Warns HMRC

Phishing emails offering tax rebates and claiming to be from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) have tripled on this time last year, the tax body has warned. More than 24,000 scam emails claiming to be from the HMRC were reported in August 2011 alone — a 300 per cent increase on the same month last year. The phishing emails, which often look legitimate, provide a link to a cloned replica of the HMRC website. The recipient is then asked to provide credit or debit card details, which are used to empty the victim’s bank account. HMRC warned that anyone receiving an email claiming they are due a tax repayment should not follow the email’s instructions. The organisation said that it never offers refunds by email, only conducts such business by post and never asks for credit card ... »