HMRC Is Shite

HMRC Is Shite
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Wednesday, 6 May 2020

HMRC Takes Down Covid Fraud Sites

HMRC has asked internet service providers to take down 292 scam websites exploiting the coronavirus outbreak in order to steal money from consumers.

A Freedom of Information request by Griffin Law found out of the 292 sites removed since March, 237 had been identified and requested for removal by HMRC, with the remaining 55 flagged by members of the public.

HMRC also disclosed it had identified 62 phishing scams related to Covid-19 since March 23, the majority in the form of text message scams.

HMRC is quoted by the FT:

“Through our guidance on and other communications to customers, we advise anyone who has disclosed personal or financial information to report it directly to Action Fraud.

“As we have cracked down on email and SMS phishing scams, criminals have increasingly turned to the traditional method of cold-calling publicly available phone numbers to steal money from taxpayers. 

“These typically take the form of an automated voice call claiming to represent HMRC and threatening legal action unless payment is made immediately. The calls spoof a valid HMRC telephone number in the caller ID field and provide a return number for victims to call to make a payment.

Last month (April 21), it was revealed fraudsters were exploiting the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) with a phishing email scam pretending to be from HMRC in order to steal personal information.

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