Wigan trading watchdogs warning about tax rebate phishing scam
4:40pm Wednesday 18th September 2013 in NW
COUNCIL watchdogs are warning people to be wary of fake email messages supposedly from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).
Wigan Council Trading Standards stress that HMRC never send notifications of a tax rebate by email, or ask for personal or payment information by email.
Leigh Councillor Kevin Anderson, cabinet member for communities at Wigan Council, said: “This kind of scam is called phishing, and is the fraudulent act of emailing a person in order to obtain their personal or financial information such as passwords, credit card or bank account details.
“We would advise anyone who has received one of these emails to forward it to HMRC at email@example.com and then delete it.”
If you have responded to an HMRC scam e-mail and have disclosed personal financial information, you should forward a report to HMRC at firstname.lastname@example.org and if you have bank card information you should report it to your bank or card issuer.
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