HMRC warn of a record number of phishing emails being reported. Phishing is the attempt to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and sometimes, indirectly, money) by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an email. In scam emails appearing to come from HMRC, recipients are being promised tax rebates in exchange for their personal details, which can lead to serious offences being committed such as identity theft. Over the past 6 months, HMRC have been alerted to almost 75,000 scam emails. This figure is up 70% on the same period in 2013.
At PM+M, we would like to remind you, as clients or simply readers, to be vigilant and bear in mind that HMRC will NEVER contact you via email regarding a tax refund. Never give your personal details out over email.
For more information on tax rebates, contact our tax team on 01254 679131.