Emails are at present circulating that claim to be sent by the UK tax organization HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). These e-mails claim that the recipient is entitled to take delivery of a tax refund and that he or she must download an expressively involved file and open it in a browser.
The scam e-mail reads in part:
TAX REFUND NOTIFICATION
After the last annual calculations of your fiscal activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund of 223.56 GBP.
Please submit the tax refund request and allow us 6-9 days in order to process it.
To access your tax refund, please follow the steps below:
– download the Tax Refund Form attached to this email
– open it in a browser
– follow the instructions on your screen
A refund can be delayed for a variety of reasons. For example submitting invalid records or applying after the deadline.
Opening the emotionally involved file display a form which prompts the injured party to fill in his or her full name, date of birth, complete address, phone number, and credit card or debit card information.
Of course, submit the form won’t actually propel the information to HMRC; it will instead be sent to a malicious third party without the victim’s knowledge or approval. Scam emails purporting to be sent by HMRC are not a new phenomenon.