Tax Rebates & Refunds

HMRC warns against tax rebate scam

March 4, 2014
Posted in Income Tax, Tax Rebates — Written by Chris

HMRC are warning taxpayers not to reply to emails that they may receive to say that they’re eligible for a tax rebate. This is a phishing scam designed to get hold of your bank details and subsequently drain your account. Scammers are using email addresses including:,, and

These email addresses should not be responded to as HMRC never send emails for refunds. If you are due a refund from your tax return then HMRC will write to you at your home address.

Head of digital security at HMRC, Gareth Lloyd said:

“HMRC never contacts customers who are due a tax refund via email – we always send a letter through the post … We can, and do, close these websites down, and do all we can to ensure taxpayers stay safe online by working with law enforcement agencies around the world to target the criminals behind these scams.”

Over 1,476 websites – 178 in January – were closed down by HMRC over the year and reports of scam messages were up by 47% in the three months leading up to tax return deadline day, January 31st 2014.

HMRC have said that these emails look pretty convincing, offering refunds of believable amounts such as £150, in order to avoid arousing suspicion. However, they are bogus emails and regardless of how authentic they look it’s important to ignore them and report them.

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