Email purporting to be from the UK’s HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) claims that, after a new tax calculation, you are now due a tax refund of 221.17 GBP. It urges you to click a link to submit a tax refund request.
The email is not from HMRC and the supposed tax refund it describes does not exist.
The link opens a fake HMRC website that asks you to provide your credit card numbers, your name and contact details, and other identifying personal information. The information you submit on the fake website can later be collected by criminals and used to commit credit card fraud and identity theft.
There are many versions of these tax refund scam messages that target taxpayers, not only in the UK, but in other countries as well.
The following Hoax-Slayer YouTube Channel video provides more information about such tax refund scams:
The UK Government website includes information about how to recognise and report HMRC phishing scam messages.
Last updated: October 31, 2016
First published: October 31, 2016
By Brett M. Christensen
Dealing with HMRC Phishing and scams
‘Claim Your Tax Refund Online’ Phishing Email
HMRC ‘You Are Eligible To Receive A Tax Refund’ Phishing Scam
HM Revenue & Customs Tax Refund Phishing Scam
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!