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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.

Written by Ellie Hammett ACCA


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