Government issues tax scam warningFraudsters are targeting taxpayers with latest con

12 January 2009

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HM Revenue and Customs has issued a warning about fake emails purporting to offer a tax rebate. 

The scam is a form of phishing fraud, which relies on people responding to an unsolicited email, supposedly from an official source.

Potential victims receive an email informing them that they are due a tax refund. They are directed to click on a link, which opens up a form, which requires them to enter their personal and bank account details.

HM Revenue and Customs has confirmed that it does not send out emails to people who are due a tax rebate. It only ever contact taxpayers in writing, by post. Examples of the fake letter can be seen on HM Revenue and Customs website.

Consumers who receive the emails are invited to forward them to, to help officials track down the fraudsters.

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