THE tax authority is warning taxpayers not to be caught out by email phishing scams offering tax rebates in return for bank account or credit card details.
Gareth Lloyd, head of digital security at HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), said: “HMRC never contacts customers who are due a tax refund via email – we always send a letter through the post.
“If you receive an email claiming to be from HMRC which offers a tax rebate, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and then delete it permanently.
“We close these websites down, and do all we can to ensure taxpayers stay safe online and to target the criminals behind these scams.”
Further details on legitimate tax rebate procedures are available online at www.hmrc.gov.uk