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Ali M-W
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Posted - 30/04/2009 :  07:22:43  Show Profile Send Ali M-W a Private Message
Last June the TCC presented Voices of the Victims to cross-party MPs in Westminster, and to the email address we used to gather victims' contributions I have just received and unsolicited email, purportedly from HMRC, with the Revenue's logo above!

Here's what it says:

<<After the last annual calculations of your fiscal activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund of J665.35
Please click on the link to continue:
You must be logged in to see this link.

A refund can be delayed for a variety of reasons.

We apologize for the inconveniences caused, and is very thankful for your cooperation.

Deliberate wrong inputs are criminally pursued and indicated.


Sincerely,
Frank P--------
Tax Refunds Department


Copyright 2009 HMRC Tax Refunds - All rights reserved.>>


The odd grammar and use of a TCC horror-story address were fishy enough, but why email the recipient of a tax refund?

Has anyone else received any bogus emails purporting to be from HMRC?

I am not rushing to reclaim my dues, and hopefully the message isn't eating away at my PC's memory files as we speak...

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Posted - 30/04/2009 :  10:55:11  Show Profile Send TCC Webmaster a Private Message
HMRC NEVER inform people of a rebate via e-mail.

These e-mails are 'phishing' to try and get your details so that your bank account can be raided or your identity stolen.

NEVER pay any attention to these type of e-mails.

ALWAYS put them where they belong - straight in the recycle-bin!

As a guide, ANY e-mail asking you to enter bank details or provide sensitive personal data should be ignored and binned !!



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The Government aren't listening, so let's vote this bunch of spineless, lying scum out of office at the first opportunity!!!

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Alan the Geordie
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Posted - 30/04/2009 :  13:09:32  Show Profile Send Alan the Geordie a Private Message
One of our other members received this too and it IS a known Phishing Scam.

They are designed to make you give your bank details etc. to fraudsters who will then use the info to seperate you from your money - a bit like the real HMRC come to think of it, but perhaps more honest??!!



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reductions. In this way the people will not see those rights and freedoms being removed until past the point at which these changes cannot be reversed."

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PJD
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Posted - 01/05/2009 :  14:39:58  Show Profile Send PJD a Private Message
hiya

these types of emails cause so much confusion for people who don't feel confident on computers don't they. and these days with us all having loads of different Internet accounts, that we had to give email contact details for, it can be difficult to know whats what.

while very very few official bodies do use email to contact a service user, none of them would do so as a method of first contact.

if like me you have several emails addresses its always worth considering which address a generic email like this was sent to. if i get anything claiming to be about my personal accounts or me personally to my TCC address i know straight away it's spam. i do not give out that address for personal stuff and an agency would not have an email address if i didn't give it to them.

another good thing to do is google the subject title of the email. within the first page of results it will be clear if this email is being discussed as a hoax, and sites like You must be logged in to see this link. will give you the background and usually evidence the contradictions too.

and you should routinely check the from email address of any email you receive. not just the personal name that usually shows up in the [from] column but the actual email address of the account used to send the email (usually shows up in the header when you select the email). and use your judgment. some are obviously spam; i.e an 'ebay' email sent from guy@hotmail.com or something (ebay staff wouldn't use a personal account to contact you), but other spammers try a bit harder. for instance someone claiming to be from ebay might have an email address of accounts@ebay.synch.co.uk. i would immediately be suspicious cos ebay have an easy and short domain name of ebay.co.uk.

the from address may even be a legitimate business address i.e @yorkshirewindows.com, but then they wouldn't be legitimately emailing you about bank accounts etc. it just means one of Yorkshire windows PC's has been 'enslaved as a zombie' (sounds like a b movie doesn't it).

i think one difference between nervous net users and confident ones is that confident ones are happy to bin anything! anyone trying to make first contact via an email address you haven't supplied to them, about your own personal affairs or accounts, is either a spammer or an idiot. and the latter should learn what the phone / post is for.


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Alan the Geordie
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Posted - 22/05/2009 :  06:37:17  Show Profile Send Alan the Geordie a Private Message
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No comment!!!

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