Warning over email tax scams

TAX credit claimants are being warned by HM Revenue & Customs about email scams.

The run-up to the tax credits renewal deadline of July 31 often sees an increase in such attacks from fake or “phishing” emails sent out by fraudsters.

They often promise a rebate and, if taxpayers click on the link, they are taken to a cloned replica of the HMRC website.

The recipient is asked to provide credit or debit card details or other sensitive information which is then used by fraudsters to try and take money from the account

Between April and July 2011 nearly 94,000 phishing emails were reported and more than 360 scam websites shutdown.

Customers are urged to check the advice published at www.hmrc.gov.uk/security/index.htm. Suspicious emails should be forwarded to phishing@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk and then deleted.

Anyone who believes they have been the victim of an email scam should report it to their bank/ card issuer asap.