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Tax rebate scam


9:49am 5th April 2011
(Updated 9:51am 5th April 2011)

City of York Council’s Trading Standards Team is warning residents that fraudsters claiming to work for HM Revenue and Customs have recently targeted the area in an email-based scam.

The e-mails offer a tax rebate and state that in order to process the refund recipients should confirm their bank details.

Residents are advised not to click on the link, as the e-mail is not from HMRC.  If people receive such e-mails they should forward them to phishing@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk and then delete the e-mail.

Matt Boxall, City of York Council’s Trading Standards manager, said:

”HMRC would not inform customers of a tax rebate via e-mail nor ask people to disclose personal information.  We urge people not to visit any website link within the unsolicited e-mails or disclose any personal or payment information”.

“The information being asked for is highly likely to be used for fraudulent purposes ”.

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