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.
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
Subject: Pending Tax Refund.
Date: Mon, 20 Jun 2016 21:51:20 +0100
Pending Tax Refund
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
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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.