Here at Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire we have recently learnt of a new scam which is being carried out across the country.
Fraudsters are now targeting people with scam e-mails in the run-up to the self-assessment tax returns deadline. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) said the e-mails suggested the recipients were due for a tax refund and went on to ask for bank or credit card details. Victims who provided these details faced the threat of their accounts being completely emptied of their funds. The deadline for filing genuine returns was the 31st January. Anyone who files a return any later faces a £100 penalty.
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) said it was also aware of a growing number of telephone scams in which fraudsters posed as tax officials arranging rebate payments. However HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) was particularly concerned about the e-mail scam, which thousands of people had received and many more were set to receive in the coming weeks.
"This is the most sophisticated and prolific phishing scam that we have encountered," said Lesley Strathie, HMRC chief executive.
"We only ever contact customers who are due a refund in writing by post. We never use e-mails, telephone calls or external companies in these circumstances.
"I would strongly encourage anyone receiving such an e-mail to send it to us for investigation."
Are message to you here from Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire is do not send any bank details via e-mail and if you are ever unsure about an e-mail or a telephone call which you have received do not hesitate to contact the company in question.