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Tax Refund Scams

Alert message sent 18/02/2021 08:02:00

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This is a message from Wycombe District Neighbourhood Watch Association

We have received reports that this type of scam, which has been running for the last few years, is still active.  Many people in the Wycombe District have encountered them recently and, with the end of the financial year approaching, we can expect them to be more prevalent.

The typical format of the message is by email and usually refers to your entitlement to a tax refund.  The link in the message will take you to a ‘clone’ of the HMRC website and you will be asked to submit personal details so that the money can be paid directly into your bank account.  A typical message that was received this week is reproduced below: 


                               HMRC Fourth SEISS Tax Refund Notification

Claims for the Fourth SEISS grant have now opened for Application.

The date for submitting application for the Fourth SEISS grant start 9 February 2021.

Please "Sign in to HMRC online services" reference below and follow step 1 of 3 to have your tax refund credit to your bank account, also note you might need your Passport number details .

                               Sign in to HMRC online services self assessment.

Note : For Security reason we will record (IP Address, Time and Date) Delibrate Wrong input or flooding with be criminally pursued.

Best regards,

HM Revenue & Customs


It is a scam as HMRC will only write to you by letter and they will never send emails to announce such refunds.  You may also see mistakes in their use of the English language, grammar, and spelling – all of which are apparent in the above example.

Any such emails should be binned or forwarded for investigation to: report@phishing.gov.uk

Remember that, if it seems to be too good to be true, it probably is!

 
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Eric Hambling (NWN, Multi Scheme Administrator, Thames Valley)

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