We’ve previously blogged about an increase in the number of phishing emails targeting individuals and businesses in and around the North West.
The new scam poses as an email from one of your contacts and requests a money transfer of around £5,000. In some cases emails have been sent to a company’s finance team, appearing to be from a colleague. A general rule of thumb is that all emails requesting any personal information or money transfers should be cautiously investigated and verified before any action is taken.
For more information on identifying phishing scams or to report a scam, we advise you to contact Action Fraud on 0300 1232040.
Back in October last year, we blogged about the increase in the number of phishing emails being reported to HMRC. Six months on, the problem still seems to be growing. HMRC has reported the latest scam, which exploits M86 Security Labs, advanced anti-malware service.
The emails that people are receiving look identical to several earlier HMRC phishing emails, with the difference being that if users click on the picture embedded within the email, they’ll be led onto a HMRC phishing website. The victims are prompted to fill in their full name, birth-date and email, including their card details and postal address.
Often, the request for card information may not raise alarm as the fake email notified the victim that the information is required for a money-transfer exercise. The scammers then encourage victims to co-operate by telling them that if their details are wrongly entered, their tax rebate may get delayed.
We would like to remind you to be vigilant and bear in mind that HMRC will NEVER contact you via email regarding a tax refund. It’s important to make sure you never give your personal details out over email.
For more information on tax rebates, please contact our tax team on 01254 679131 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.