HMRC issues scam tax rebate warning

Taxpayers are being warned not to respond to emails promising them a refund, which are really a phishing scam designed to get hold of their bank account details.

HM Revenue & Customs said it would never send customers emails to arrange refunds, and urged anyone receiving one to report it.

In 2013, customers reported more than 91,000 phishing emails to HMRC, and in the three months running up to the self-assessment deadline on 31 January the number of scam messages reported was up by 47% on the previous year.

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