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Latest email scam – make sure your clients aren’t fooled

by Tax Faculty Team on 19.09.2014 16:47

Fake ‘HMRC’ email scam suggests taxpayers have been taken out of SA and need to click to sign up again 

Members have alerted us to a new variant on the numerous email scams aimed at taxpayers. Purporting to come from HMRC, the email says the recipient is no longer eligible to receive a tax return and needs to sign up with their current details to get back into the system. 

The email comes with an HMRC logo, in the familiar green, but the spelling mistakes and poor layout and wording will probably suggest to many recipients that it is a fake. It also comes from a give-away non-official email address. However, some clients might be concerned that they appear to have been taken out of self assessment and contact their agents, or – worse – click on the link.  

As we have advised previously, in our regular warnings about phishing attempts, you can check HMRC’s website for its online security advice and examples of known phishing emails. Forward suspicious emails to HMRC at phishing@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk, then delete them. 

The full text of this latest scam email (complete with original typos) is: 

From: HMRC [mailto:revn222@ipodnanouk.com]
Sent: 18 September 2014 11:09
To: Recipients
Subject: HMRC - HM Revenue & Customs

Dear Taxpayer 

We wish to inform you that as of September 20 you are no longer eligible to receive a Tax Return. The reason being the expiration of your current information regarding the method by which you receive your Tax Returns. To alleviate this problem you must renew this information by filling out and submiting this form 

Untill you complete this process you will not be able to receive any Tax Return. Please note: Submitting invalid records can lead to the inability to receive Tax Returns for a period of 6 months. 

Please submit the Tax Return Information Update Form and allow us 6-9 days in order to process it. 

Thank you.