Tax Rebates & Refunds

Tax rebate email scam victim offers warning to others

August 16, 2012
Posted in Fraud, Tax Rebates — Written by Chris

A man from York who was the unfortunate victim of a tax rebate scam has spoken out about his experience to prevent other people from suffering the same fate.

51-year-old Paul Collington spoke to the York Press recently about his experiences, telling of how he lost around £160.00 after responding to a fraudulent email scam. He said he received an email informing him that he was due a tax refund of £244.77. The email also asked him for his bank details, which he partially provided.

Mr Collington explained what happened:

“They said I had £244 due to me and I thought: ‘I’ll have some of that’.

“It asked for my credit card details but then it started asking for my pin numbers and I thought: ‘Whoa, I’m not giving them that’.”

However, the details that Mr Collington did provide allowed the fraudsters to access his bank account and take four lots of £40 out almost straight away. After notifying his bank and getting the money repaid, Mr Collington is now warning others to watch out for the fraudulent emails, which can look very realistic and authentic.

A spokesperson for HMRC said:

“We 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. Anyone who receives an email claiming to be from HMRC should send it to phishing@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk before deleting it permanently.”

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