Scam Alert: Tax Refund Notification & New Video From Which?

Have you received an email similar to this? It appears to be doing the rounds again.CREST

HM Revenue & Customs has identified an error in the calculation of your tax from the last payment, amounting to A tax refund of £1.400.(Still Pending)

Due to invalid account record we were unable to credit your account Please submit a verified tax refund request. To return the excess payment, please click on “Claim My Refund” to submit a verified tax refund request.

A refund can be delayed for a variety of reasons. For example submitting invalid records or applying after the deadline. Click the “Claim my Refund” link below and follow the on screen step in order to have us process your request.

Claim my Refund Note: For security reasons, we will record your ip-address, the date and time,Deliberate wrong inputs are criminally pursued and indicated.

Best Regards,
HM Revenue & Customs

The email is not from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). The message is a phishing scam designed to steal personal and financial information from recipients. The link in the email opens a bogus website designed to resemble the genuine HMRC website.

HMRC will never send tax refund notifications via email. Nor will it ask taxpayers to disclose personal or financial information by following a link or opening an attachment in an unsolicited email. This is equally true of tax agencies in other nations. Be very cautious of emails or text messages that claim that you are eligible for a tax refund. If you receive such a message, do not follow any links it may contain. Do not open any attachments that may come with the message. Bogus tax refund messages are a tactic that has often and repeatedly been used by phishing scammers over several years.

Another email, which has been circulating recently, claims to be from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), advises recipients that they must update and verify their driver’s licence details within two weeks of receiving the message or risk losing their licence. The message instructs recipients to follow a link in order to complete the licence verification.

However, the email is certainly not from the DVLA and the claim that the recipient is required to verify his or her licence details is untrue. Those who follow the link in the message will be taken to a bogus website that has been designed to resemble the genuine DVLA website. Once on the fake site, the user is presented with a form that asks for driver’s licence, name, address and other personal details.

If a user enters the required details and clicks the “Submit” button on the bogus form, he or she will then be redirected to the genuine DVLA website. Meanwhile, any information submitted on the bogus website will be sent to the criminals running the phishing attack and may subsequently be used to commit fraud and identity theft.

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