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.
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:
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.