A report in the Sunday Times has suggested that HMRC has identified 17,000 attempts to claim almost £100m in bogus tax repayments.
In such instances, criminals used the log-in details and password after an individual filed their online tax return to alter the details and request a repayment to an account under their control.
However, fear not, HMRC are 100% certain that their servers have not been hacked!
As per CCH Daily an HMRC spokesperson said:
"Our online services have not been hacked and remain secure.HMRC are of the view that any online tax frauds are down to taxpayer failures.
We take our obligations around protecting customer data extremely seriously and have systems in place to review suspicious activity and monitor access to accounts."
All very well and good, but organisations and their staff do get hacked eg; Sony, TalkTalk, the Director of the CIA to name but a few that spring to my cold addled brain!
HMRC would do well not to be so complacent.
Tax does have to be taxing.
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