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HMRC warns taxpayers over fraudulent emails

HM Revenue & Customs is warning taxpayers to beware of fraudulent emails offering tax rebates.

HMRC says it would not inform customers of a tax rebate via email, or invite them to complete an online form to receive a rebate of tax.

An example email asks individuals for personal details including name, address, contact number and mother’s maiden name.

Financial-related questions include the recipient’s bank card number and the three-digit security number on the back of the card.

Email addresses used to distribute the tax rebate emails include tax-inform@hmrc-information.co.uk, online.paper@hmrcpaper.co.uk, office.tax@hmrc.taxreturn.co.uk and others.

The HMRC says: “Do not visit the website contained within the email or disclose any personal or payment information.”

Visit the HMRC website for example emails

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