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‘Your Tax Refund is Ready’ HMRC Phishing Scam Email

by Brett M. Christensen

According to this email, which purports to be from the UK’s HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), your tax refund is ready.

Supposedly, you are required to submit an official claim application to access your refund. The email urges you to click a button to complete the application and claim the refund.

However, the email is not from HMRC and clicking the link will not get you the promised refund.

The message is yet another HMRC tax refund phishing scam designed to trick you into giving your personal and financial information to criminals.  Clicking the link opens a fraudulent website that looks like it belongs to HMRC.

Once on the bogus site, you will be asked to provide your credit card number, your name and contact details, and other sensitive identifying information. After you submit the “refund application”, criminals can collect the information you provided and use it to commit credit card fraud and identity theft.

Tax refund phishing scam campaigns continue to be distributed. They target taxpayers in many countries.  Watch out for any unsolicited email or text message that claims that you can get a tax refund by clicking a link or opening an attached file.

HMRC has information about recognising and reporting phishing scams on its website.

Here’s a screenshot of the scam email:

HMRC Tax Refund Scam Email


Your Tax Refund is ready

You can claim your tax return of worth GBP 735.60 Now!

We’ve determined that according to your last year fiscal activities calculations you are eligible to claim a tax refund of GBP 735.60. In order to do so, you are required to submit an official claim application using the information you have registered with us.

Claim Your Tax Now

In case of errors or information mismatch found in your application, the claim can be delayed to next year.

Importance Notice

After 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 You

I 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 Date

Hoax-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!

Brett Christensen,