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"Pending Tax Refund" HM Revenue & Customs Phishing Email

The email message below with the subject: "Pending Tax Refund," is a fake HM Revenue & Customs tax refund notification that was sent by scammers, which will attempt to trick tax payers into completing a fake application form that asks them for their credit card, personal, account information. The recipients are then asked to respond to the same email message with the completed form. Once the scammers have their victims' information, they will use it to rip them off.

Pending Tax Refund HM Revenue and Customs Phishing Email
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United Kingdom tax payers are advised to only go directly to https://www.gov.uk/ to claim refunds or perform other HM Revenue & Customs transactions, instead of clicking on a link in an email message.

The Phishing HM Revenue & Customs Email Message

From: claimnow@rttax.com
Subject: Pending Tax Refund.
Date: Mon, 20 Jun 2016 21:51:20 +0100

Pending Tax Refund

Dear Customer,

We would like to notify you that you still have an outstanding tax refund of £565.48 from overpaid tax from year ending 2015.

You have until the 21 June 2016 to make your claim

Reference No: 2015/956334/

We can only process a refund for the tax year we have detailed above

Start Claim ↣

We aim to send repayments within 2 weeks, but it may take longer in some cases. You should wait 4 weeks before contacting us about the payment.

HM Revenue and Customs

Victims of this phishing scam are advised to contact their bank or credit card company as soon as possible to report the stolen credit card information, and change their online passwords immediately.

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  • June 12, 2020 at 8:30 AM by an anonymous user from: Chingford, England, United Kingdom

    Fell for this myself, very convincing but pulled out when it wanted my card number and stuff. Be careful!

  • September 22, 2016 at 6:48 AM by an anonymous user from: London, England, United Kingdom

    Embedded link points to eurotechnic.co.nz, then redirects to www.pruittland.com

    Email sent from HMRC [hmr.id32859@login-area.com]

    Email Message:

    "Pending Tax Refund

    As you may be aware we have been attempted to contact you regarding an outstanding tax refund to the value of £198.54 resulting from overpaid tax for year ending 2014, despite our previous letters regarding your this matter we are yet to receive your claim. Requests for tax refunds are time limited and it is vital you complete your claim as soon as possible. Please use the link below to..."

  • September 21, 2016 at 3:19 AM by an anonymous user from: Scarborough, England, United Kingdom

    Here is another scam:

    "Pending Tax Refund

    As you may be aware we have been attempted to contact you regarding an outstanding tax refund to the value of £198.54 resulting from overpaid tax for year ending 2014, despite our previous letters regarding your this matter we are yet to receive your claim. Requests for tax refunds are time limited and it is vital you complete your claim as soon as possible. Please use the link below to complete your claim online this only only take you a few minutes to complete also please note the following:

    You have until 23 September 2016 to make your claim.

    Tax Reference No: 2015/4956821/F

    We can only process a refund for the tax year we have detailed above.

    It may take up to 4 weeks for us to process your refund.

    Start Claim #8611

    We aim to send repayments within 2 weeks, but it may take longer in some cases. You should wait 4 weeks before contacting us about the payment.

    HM Revenue and Customs

    © Crown Copyright"

  • September 12, 2016 at 7:57 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: HMRC gov [mailto: revenue.process57501@accounting.com]

    Sent: 12 September 2016 10:02

    Subject: Tax Refund Invoice - Ticket (Ref:58161)

    Pending Tax Refund

    As you may be aware we have been attempted to contact you regarding an outstanding tax refund to the value of £198.54 resulting from overpaid tax for year ending 2014, despite our previous letters regarding your this matter we are yet to receive your claim. Requests for tax refunds are time limited and it is vital you complete your claim as soon as possible. Please use the link below to complete your claim online this only only take you a few minutes to complete also please note the following:

    You have until 14 September 2016 to make your claim.

    Tax Reference No: 2015/4956821/F

    We can only process a refund for the tax year we have detailed above.

    It may take up to 4 weeks for us to process your refund.

    Start Claim #8611

    We aim to send repayments within 2 weeks, but it may take longer in some cases. You should wait 4 weeks before contacting us about the payment.

    HM Revenue and Customs"

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"Pending Tax Refund" HM Revenue & Customs Phishing Email