Tax scam targets hosts

By John Harrington

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags: Tax refund, Tax, Hmrc

Licensees have been targeted
Licensees have been targeted
Licensees have been targeted in a massive internet tax scam that has hit tens of thousands of people. Adnams tenant Alan Randall was sent an email...

Licensees have been targeted in a massive internet tax scam that has hit tens of thousands of people.

Adnams tenant Alan Randall was sent an email claiming to be from HM Revenue & Customs saying: "We have reviwed [sic] your tax return and our calculations of your last year's accounts a tax refund of £178.25 is due. Please submit the tax refund request and allow us three to six days to process it."

It asked for information such as card details, address and his mother's maiden name.

Randall, of the Queen's Head in Brandeston, Suffolk, reported the email to HMRC who confirmed it was a scam. "I thought this was too good to be true."

HMRC said 83,000 similar emails were reported in September — and 10,000 on one day alone this month.

John Harrison, head of HMRC customer contact online, said: "We only contact customers who are due a refund in writing by post. We never use emails, telephone calls or external companies in these circumstances.

"I would strongly encourage anyone receiving such an email not to open it, send it to us for investigation at phishing@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk and then delete it from their computer."

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