It’s a great feeling to be told you're due a tax rebate, however it’s important you don’t let this feeling outweigh your senses. Tax refund scams are on the rise at this time of year following the recent deadline for self-assessments.
Take a look at the emails below and see if you think there's anything unusual about them.
HMRC would never email you to advise that you're due a tax refund.
Not only this, but take a look at the words missing the first example: "A refund can be delayed a variety of reasons... after applying after deadline." And the language used in the second: “If you will not complete the required form now ,”.
Any email purporting to be from a genuine organisation that is littered with errors like this should be deleted immediately and certainly not acted upon.
As in all professions there are varying degrees of sophistication among fraudsters and while some phishing emails will be easy to spot, others will incorporate genuine logos, imagery and seemingly legitimate email addresses.
For example: 'email@example.com', 'firstname.lastname@example.org', 'email@example.com' and 'firstname.lastname@example.org' are just some of the bogus sender emails reported to HMRC.
To keep up-to-date with the tax refund / HMRC scams currently in operation please visit the HMRC's phishing emails and bogus contact page. Remember it's not just HMRC who is being ‘cloned’ in emails, and it's not just this time of year that you're susceptible.
Share this message with your colleagues and clients to remain safe in the face of increasingly sophisticated fraud tactics.