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Beware of "HM Revenue and Customs Tax Refunds and Reclaiming Overpaid Tax" Phishing Scam

2018-04-17T10:28:02 -  +
Beware of "HM Revenue and Customs Tax Refunds and Reclaiming Overpaid Tax" Phishing Scam

The email message below with the subject "Tax refunds & Reclaiming overpaid tax," is a fake HM Revenue & Customs tax refund notification that being sent by scammers to potential victims. The scammers will attempt to trick taxpayers into completing a fake application form that asks them for their credit card, personal, account information. If the potential victims complete and submit the form, their information will be sent to the cybercriminals behind the scam. Once the scammers have their victims' information, they will use it to rip them off.


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.

The "HM Revenue & Customs Return Payment Confirmation" Phishing Message

Subject: @HM Revenue & Customs Claim 2017834****: Investigation Started ref: 414881536

From: "apps@tax.co.uk" <ID-34576@test.com>

Sent: Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 8:47 AM

Tax refunds & Reclaiming overpaid tax

Dear Customer,

Msg Ref: 023/UK8889

* I have reviewed your income tax liability for the year shown above to see whether you have underpaid or overpaid tax for the year.

* Our calculation shows that you are eligible to recive a tax refund of GBP 388.00 ready to claim now.

Please CLAIM NOW, make sure your complete the form correctly as any mistake will take more time to process and you tax refund will be processed withhin 6 - 9 working days as claimed.


HM Revenue Agency.

All rights reserved.

May 19th, 2018

Under the Privacy Act, individuals have the right to access their personal information and request correction if there are errors or omissions.

Email or text messages carry the notice while the financial institutions securely transfer the money using existing payment networks. For the answers to common questions please visit our FAQs

Email messages from HMRC will never:

  • notify you of a tax rebate
  • offer you a repayment
  • ask you to disclose personal information such as your full address, postcode, Unique Taxpayer Reference or details of your bank account
  • give a non-HMRC personal email address to send a response to
  • ask for financial information such as specific figures or tax computations, unless you’ve given us prior consent and you’ve formally accepted the risks
  • have attachments, unless you’ve given prior consent and you’ve formally accepted the risks
  • provide a link to a secure log-in page or a form asking for information - instead, we will ask you to log on to your online account to check for information

HMRC will never send notifications of a tax rebate/refund by email or ask you to disclose personal or payment information by email. Do not visit the website contained within the email or disclose any personal or payment information. HMRC may occasionally issue text messages, however, these messages will never request personal or banking information. If you receive a text message claiming to be from HMRC offering a ‘tax refund’ in exchange for personal/banking details you should not respond. Do not open any links contained within the message.

Remember, don’t give out private information (such as bank details or passwords), reply to text messages, download attachments or click on any links in emails if you’re not sure they’re genuine.

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  • Posted: Sep 21, 2018 at 9:28 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: HM Revenue
    Sent: Thursday, September 20, 2018 3:26:01 PM
    Subject: Return Payment Confirmation.

    HM Revenue & Customs - Tax refund for

    HMRC has determined that you are eligible to receive a tax return of 284 GBP.

    In order to receive your refund,you need to create a Government Gateway account.

    Issuing Date: 20.09.2018
    Refundable Ammount: 284.00 GBP
    Payment Method: Electronically by card

    If you don't create a government gateway account, you will not receive your refund
    This email was sent from a notification-only address that cannot accept incoming email. Please do not reply to this message.

    Crown Copyright"


  • Posted: Sep 6, 2018 at 4:23 AM by an anonymous user from or near: Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom

    Sent email today and think its a scam!


  • Posted: Aug 21, 2018 at 5:27 AM by an anonymous user from or near: Lancaster, England, United Kingdom

    if you get these fill them in with fake information to waste their time, I give them the address and number of a police station and fake credit card details.


  • Posted: Aug 16, 2018 at 11:00 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: HM Revenue & Customs
    Date: August 14, 2018 at 10:18:20 AM EDT
    Subject: Re: TAX REFUND | CREDIT ISSUANCE | TICKET Z450918718UK128 | Receipt #GB4012471D22H1173U1788Z1958174

    14 AUG 2018

    HM Revenue & Customs GST/HST credit payment issuance

    Regarding your annual tax:
    You have paid too much tax.
    HMRC owes you £328 GBP

    This is the second reminder notice if you miss and you dont register you will suffer the consequences of the new law in force.

    Claim your money back though your new Personal Tax Account
    You can get your refund fast, straight into your bank account, if you claim online through your Personal Tax Account

    If you claim online you could receive your refund within 3 to 5 day. If you don't claim online within the next days, we will send you a payable order.

    Goods and services tax / harmonized sales tax (GST/HST) credit program
    For telephone, fax, and TTY (teletypewriter) numbers and for addresses, go to Contact us..

    Please do not reply to this message. If you do not want to receive our email messages, you can cancel your subscription to the Goods and services tax / harmonized sales tax (GST/HST) credit electronic mailing list. We protect your confidential information. For details, please see Privacy protection"


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