Tax Rebates & Refunds

Tax rebate identified as most common phishing email term

October 1, 2012
Posted in Fraud, Tax Rebates — Written by Geoffrey

Every year, potential cyber fraudsters and scammers send out millions of fake ‘phishing’ emails to people and businesses. These emails often claim to be from official sources and seem very legitimate, prompting some unlucky recipients to fall for them and give out private financial information.

The security firm Fire Eye has now revealed that tax rebates are amongst the most common subjects of these fake emails. These emails often purport to be from HMRC itself and state that the recipient is due a tax rebate. The exact sum of the rebate is usually mentioned to make the email seem more authentic, and according to Fire Eye, these emails often have the following files attached to them: Tax_Refund.zip, irspdf.zip, and tax_return_form.pif.

The security specialists claim that hackers tend to use words in tax rebate and other emails which create a sense of urgency, such as “Claim your tax rebate within 30 days”, in order to panic recipients into responding.

HMRC advises that it never sends out emails to inform taxpayers of tax rebates, and that anyone who receives such an email should report it immediately and never respond or reply to a scam email.

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