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.
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.