Taxpayers have been warned by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) about bogus tax rebate claims.
As the January 31st deadline for self-assessment tax returns looms ever closer the amount of fraud emails claiming to offer rebates are on the increase.
In reality the emails are designed to obtain the bank details and card numbers of unsuspecting taxpayers. Last year many of CST’s clients received similar emails and queried whether they should complete the details requested.
HMRC has confirmed that it never contacts taxpayers via email with regard to tax rebates and you should not respond to these emails or provide your personal details on email.
Joan Wood, director of HMRC Online and Digital, commented: “We only ever contact customers who are due a tax refund in writing by post. We currently don’t use telephone calls, emails or external companies in these circumstances.
“HMRC will do everything possible to ensure those people receiving this email know what steps to take to protect their information, and we are working closely with other law enforcement agencies to target the criminals behind this serious crime and see them brought to justice.”
The last three months has seen HMRC shut down no less than 185 bogus websites responsible for generating the emails.