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Bogus emails from HM Revenue & Customs

We continue to receive a flow of enquiries from clients receiving emails, appearing to come from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), saying a tax rebate is due, and asking for bank details. Such emails are always bogus, and are aimed at obtaining your information for criminal purposes. Some may also try to implant malicious software into your computer system.

HMRC have commented on such emails, saying “HMRC will never send notifications of a tax rebate by email, or ask you to disclose personal or payment information by email. Do not visit the website contained within the email or disclose any personal or payment information.”

They also invite you to report bogus emails which seem to come from them, by forwarding them to: phishing@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk The original email should then be deleted.

Aside from the above, if you receive a communication which on the face of it comes from HMRC, and you have any doubt about its reality, it is best not to forward it to anyone else. By all means telephone your usual contact at Keens Shay Keens MK, and we will be happy to talk through the best course of action with you.

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