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Warning over new HMRC ‘phishing’ scam

Posted: September 25, 2014

A new ‘HMRC’ email scam is doing the rounds suggesting that taxpayers have been taken out of Self-Assessment and need to click to sign up again.

It’s the latest in a series of HMRC email scams aimed at taxpayers, the majority of which are designed to trick people into providing personal details.

Claiming to come from HMRC, the email says the recipient is no longer eligible to receive a tax return and needs to sign up with their current details to get back into the system.

The email comes with an HMRC logo, in the familiar green, but is replete with spelling mistakes and is poorly designed. It also comes from a give-away non-official email address.

However, if you are concerned that you appear to have been taken out of self assessment, contact us direct – do not click the link contained in the email.

As we have advised previously, you can check HMRC’s website for its advice on online security and examples of current phishing scams. Forward suspicious emails to HMRC at phishing@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk, then delete them.

The full text of this latest scam email (complete with original mistakes!) is:

From: HMRC [mailto:revn222@ipodnanouk.com]
Sent: 18 September 2014 11:09
To: Recipients
Subject: HMRC – HM Revenue & Customs

Dear Taxpayer

We wish to inform you that as of September 20 you are no longer eligible to receive a Tax Return. The reason being the expiration of your current information regarding the method by which you receive your Tax Returns. To alleviate this problem you must renew this information by filling out and submiting this form

Untill you complete this process you will not be able to receive any Tax Return. Please note: Submitting invalid records can lead to the inability to receive Tax Returns for a period of 6 months.

Please submit the Tax Return Information Update Form and allow us 6-9 days in order to process it.

Thank you.