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Warning over tax rebate phone fraud

12th August 2010

Taxpayers are being urged to be vigilant following reports that thieves are making phone calls pretending to be the taxman.

The fraudsters tell victims that they are due a tax rebate, and ask for their bank card details over the phone. They go on to attempt to take money from the victim’s bank account.

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) says that victims risk have their bank accounts emptied and their personal details sold on to other organised criminal gangs.

Tax phishing emails

Recently, HMRC received reports of a number tax phishing emails. In the last three months, they have closed down more than 180 websites that were responsible for sending out the fake tax rebate emails.

HMRC tax rebate fraud advice

HMRC is telling customers that they only ever contact customers who are due a tax rebate by post. They never use telephone calls, emails or external companies to do this. They advise anyone who receives a telephone call such as this not to give any information to the caller and report it to the police straightaway.

In addition, you should:

  • check the advice published on HMRC’s website to see if the email you have received is listed
  • forward suspicious emails to HMRC at [email protected] and then delete it from your computer/email account
  • do not click on links contained in suspicious emails or open attachments
  • if you think fraudsters may have gotten hold of your bank details, contact your bank straight away
  • if you have lost money to a fraud like this, report it to Action Fraud.

Read more about the HMRC tax rebate scam.

Please note: Action Fraud is not responsible for the content on external websites.

To report a fraud, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use our online fraud reporting tool.

See also:
Impersonation of officials
Tax fraud