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  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2011


    Hello guys,

    Today I have received a new email spoof, I have seen some pretty wierd ways for theives to obtain your user information but this one is a first. The email subject "appears" to come from the HMRC website (HM Revenue & Customs) stating that we are 'elegible' to receive a tax refund.

    Here is the email. DO NOT copy the link in this post, it is a spoof website and if you go to the site and enter details you will have your identity stolen!

    Dear Taxpayer,

    After the last annual calculations of your fiscal activity we have discovered that
    you are eligible to receive a tax refund of Ј377.55. Kindly complete the tax refund
    request and allow 2-3 working days to process it.

    A refund can be delayed for a variety of reasons. For example submitting invalid
    records or applying after the deadline. To access the form for your tax refund,
    please Click here:
    Mod edit:
    Actual link: <<>>
    Disguised as: <<>>

    Note: For security reasons, we will record your ip-address, the date and time.
    Deliberate wrong inputs are criminally pursued and persecuted.

    Thank You.
    HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC)
    This is just a heads up, scammers are trying everything they can to get your personal information these days...
    Last edited by bear; 06-03-2011 at 08:04 AM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Southern Penines
    Since when has HMRC said 'Thank You' haha.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    United Kingdom
    Quote Originally Posted by Maafia View Post
    Since when has HMRC said 'Thank You' haha.
    I'd remove the link from the main post...

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2002
    State of Disbelief
    Link edited to show what it was instead of a live link.
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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Yeah, I don't think the IRS would send me that type of email. It doesn't matter where it's from, banks will not ask for such information via email, neither will government tax agencies, etc. They like to target confused individuals that don't know all the ins and outs of computers and the Internet. Quite sad how everyone wants to make a quick buck off someone else's ignorance or mistakes.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Sorry guys, I did say not to follow the link but I guess a few probably would. You guys are right, the government would never ask for such information in an email. Luckily for us we are vigilant when it comes to emails and entering personal information but 90% out there wouldn't think twice (sadly).

  7. #7
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Corona, CA USA
    >> Deliberate wrong inputs are criminally pursued and persecuted.

    Does Her Majesty's government actually persecute people, or just prosecute incompetent phishers?
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