Phishing Emails - Don't get caught out!
Email scams, also known as phishing scams, are becoming increasingly common as fraudsters come up with new ways to try and steal your personal information and bank details.
In many cases, emails have malicious software attached which can infect your computer, tablet or mobile with a virus.
Since the tax return submission deadline, we have been made aware of scam emails from fraudsters, claiming to be inspectors working for HM Revenue and Customs, informing tax payers that they are due a tax refund. Please note that HM Revenue and Customs will never contact you via email without prior agreement, and will in the most part, contact you by letter, and so these emails should be ignored.
We will always inform you of any tax refund that you are due, however should you have any concerns over an email from HM Revenue and Customs then please do speak to us first before proceeding any further.
This also applies to emails from banks, building societies and all major companies. It is always best to check with the company in question over the phone first before taking any action.
The content of this article is for general information only and does not constitute tax advice. It should not be relied upon and action which could affect your business should not be taken without appropriate professional advice.
Ellie Hammett ACCA
Ellie started with Evolution ABS in April 2010, gained her AAT qualification in September 2012 and fully qualified as a Chartered Certified accountant in December 2015. Ellie now manages a portfolio of mainly agricultural clients.
Ellie grew up on her parents’ dairy farm in Dorset, before moving to Devon in 1998. She now lives with her husband on his family beef and sheep farm in East Devon.
In her spare time, Ellie enjoys helping out on the farm (although not so much the night time lambing) and used to be an active member of Whimple and Broadclyst Young Farmers Club, competing in speaking competitions, drama and showing stock.