Beware of “Phishing” Expeditions

They’re “angling” for your bank details.

HMRC have reported a 300% increase in reports of fraudulent “phishing” emails over the past year.

These are emails that purport to be from HMRC, which ask for bank or credit card details in order to be able to provide a tax refund.  The emails appear to be from an official email address, have HMRC logos and details on them and link through to cloned versions of the real website that look entirely genuine.

HMRC states very clearly that they will communicate with people due a tax refund by post.  They do not use telephone calls, emails or involve third parties at all.

Check the HMRC security guidelines and remember that if you have any doubts about an email or website then stop looking or using them straight away.

If you need any further advice on this issue then feel free to get in touch with us to book a free, confidential meeting.  Call 01384 235549 or email

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