HMRC is warning people who complete self-assessment tax returns not to open emails offering a tax rebate from HMRC.
The emails, the number of which are on the increase, are phishing attempts to persuade people to provide details such as date of birth, bank account numbers and passwords. The FT reports that in the three months to the January 31 filing deadline for tax returns, HMRC received more than 23,000 complaints about phishing emails, an increase of 50% compared with the previous year.
HMRC never emails taxpayers with details of a refund or asks them to send information in this way, such communications would only ever be by letter.
Those who receiving phishing emails should not open them; forward them instead to email@example.com and then delete them.
Tax does have to be taxing.
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