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Government agency scams

Government agency scams are when fraudsters send out official looking letters or emails to ask for money or personal information.

The correspondence gives the impression that they are from a government department and imply they have some form of authority.

The letter or email might advise that you must register in order to comply with some kind of legislation – for a fee. Other alternatives include asking you to pay a fine for breaches to the law, or requesting bank details to claim a tax rebate.

Fraud has been committed if money has been lost.

If fraud has been committed, report it to Action Fraud.

See also:
Fake invoice scams
Advance fee scams