Watch out for ‘tax rebate’ scam emails

TAXPAYERS are warned to be on their guard following a surge of emails sent out by fraudsters.

The emails tell the recipient they are due a tax rebate and provides a click-through link to a replica of the HM Revenue and Customs website, which asks for credit card details.

Scammers then try to take money from the account using the details provided and victims risk having their bank accounts emptied and their personal details sold on to other criminal gangs.

In the last three months HMRC has shut down 99 websites that were responsible for sending out fake tax rebate emails.

Director of customer contact Chris Hopson said: “As a matter of policy, HMRC will only ever contact customers who are due a tax refund in writing by post. If anyone receives an email offering a tax rebate claiming to be from HMRC, we recommend they send it to phishing@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk before deleting it permanently.”