Tax Rebates & Refunds

Warning goes out over scam tax rebate emails and calls

August 11, 2011
Posted in Fraud — Written by Geoffrey

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has warned people up and down the country to be wary of scam emails and phone calls relating to tax rebates.

The department said it had received more than 46,000 reports of scam emails being sent to people throughout the UK. These emails told recipients that they were due a tax rebate, and directed them to click on a link within the email which took them to a fake HMRC site. At this point, people were asked to provide credit or debit card details.

These kinds of scams are so dangerous because the emails purport to be from HMRC, leading people to give away their personal information and bank details. Money can then be taken from their bank accounts and their information sold to third parties.

There have also been reports of a telephone scam taking place in areas of Hampshire, in Farnborough and Aldershot in particular. People in these areas have reported being contacted by phone by a ‘genuine’ sounding caller, who tells them that they are entitled to a council tax rebate. To claim this refund, these people are asked to part with just under £100 up front.

The director of HMRC Online and Digital, Joan Wood, reassured people that:

“We currently only ever contact customers who are due a tax refund in writing by post.

“We don’t use telephone calls, emails or external companies in these circumstances.”

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