Tax Rebates & Refunds

Tax rebate scam reported in York

August 22, 2012
Posted in Fraud, Tax Rebates — Written by Jennifer

A new scam involving tax rebates has been reported in the city of York, prompting concerns that some people may have been taken in by the scam and given away their bank details.

The scam, which has been reported to City of York Council Trading Standards by concerned residents of the city, consists of emails purporting to be from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), which have been sent to residents of York by a potential scammer. In the emails, recipients are told that they have been awarded a tax refund and that to claim it, they must confirm their bank details.

The official advice from HMRC is that anyone who receives an email of this kind should ignore it and not give out any of their bank or other details under any circumstances. The email is not from HMRC, which will only contact people about tax refunds through the post or if they have filled in a tax rebate form.

Councillor Dafydd Williams, who is the Cabinet Member for Crime and Stronger Communities, had this message for anyone who is concerned about tax rebate scams:

“HMRC would not inform customers of a tax rebate via e-mail nor ask people to disclose personal information. We urge people not to visit any website link within the unsolicited e-mails or disclose any personal or payment information”.

“The information being asked for is highly likely to be used for fraudulent purposes.”

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