Taxpayers are reminded that the problem of fraudulent emails continues. The emails are part of a 'phishing' exercise that uses bogus e-mails and websites to trick taxpayers into supplying confidential or personal information. These emails aren’t genuine HMRC messages and should be disregarded. The 'phishing' emails are being sent from inside the UK and around the world.
The emails often start with phrases which alert taxpayers to the fact that they are due a refund of tax with the emails containing links to fraudulent websites. Any email that appears to be fraudulent should not be opened before verifying the authenticity of the email.
Email addresses used for mailing these fraudulent emails include the following:
These are not valid HMRC email addresses.