SCAM – refund email from

December 23rd, 2014  |  Published in Uncategorized

I found this in my spam filter today, the HMRC mailing address is faked, and looking at the IP adress, it came from that well known HMRC office in, er, Brazil!!

Dear Applicant, Tax-Rebate/00172847TAXHMRC After the last annual calculations of your fiscal activity. You are eligible to receive a tax refund of: Ј379.56-GBP To complete your tax refund, please follow the steps bellow: Download and submit the tax refund request form attached to this letter and allow us 10-14 days in order to process your request. NOTE: A refund can be delayed for a variety of reasons,for example submitting invalid information. Revenue and Tax Administrator HM Revenue & Customs Tax Credit Office PO Box 1970 Liverpool L75 1WX ——————————————————————— Copyright © 2014, HM Revenue & Customs. All rights reserved.

Yeah, right…. If you get one of these, it is a scam, there will be some admin fee to pay via Western Union, or similar. Do NOT click on any attachments, or follow any links in the email, they may be after login or personal details (for ID theft), or want to infect your PC with something nasty.

If you are already a victim of an email like this, visit for advice or to check if an email is really a scam. I have enough trouble getting HMRC to email me, if you are a client and they email you direct, always check with me first.

Edited to add:

I have since received fake submission receipts from adresses, Companies House emails, and no end of statements and demands from companies and banks that I have never done business with. Many had attachments which will have contained viruses – IF IN DOUBT, DON’T OPEN IT 

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