Inland Revenue Tax Rebate Scam
HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is warning people not to fall for a scam email that suggests the recipient is eligible for a tax refund.
The scam informs the recipient that they are eligible for a tax refund and that they should complete a claim form online. An example of the email is below
Tax return 2008 – 2009
2008 – 2009 Recalculation of you tax refund
Local Office no. 182 20/July/2009
TAX REFUND NUMBER: UK52/288***HMRC29/***
ATTN: Dear Applicant
After the last annual calculation of your fiscal activity we have determined
that you are eligible to receive a tax refund of 344.79 GBP
Your TRN (TAX REFUND NUMBER): UK52/288***HMRC29/***, complete the tax return
form attached to this message.
After completing the form, submit the form by clicking the SUBMIT button on
form and allow us 5-9 business days in order to process it.
Our head office address can be found on our web site at
Note: For security reasons, we recommend that you close your browser after
you have finished accessing your refund status.
- For security reasons, we will record your ip-address and date.
- Deliberate wrong inputs are criminally pursued and indicted.
Tax Credit Officer
Telephone: 0845 300 3900
8.00 am to 8.00 pm, seven days a week
A spokesman for the Revenue said: “HMRC would not inform customers of a tax rebate via email, or invite them to complete an online form to receive a rebate of tax. Do not visit the website contained within the email or disclose any personal or payment information.”
The fraudulent email is the latest in a series of scam messages that have been sent out claiming to be from HMRC. Another email doing the rounds is one that claims that HMRC has approved the recipient to receive money.
Email addresses used to distribute the fraudulent emails include: