HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is warning Whitby taxpayers to be vigilant following a surge of fake ‘phishing’ emails sent out by fraudsters.
The email informs recipients they are due a tax rebate and provides a link to a replica of the HMRC website, where they are then asked to provide their credit card details.
The fraudsters will then use these details to take money from the account provided or may sell the details on to organised criminal gangs.
Chris Hopson, Director of Customer Contact at HMRC, said: “As a matter of policy, HMRC will only ever contact customers who are due a tax refund in writing by post.
“If anyone receives an email offering a tax rebate claiming to be from HMRC, we recommend they send it to firstname.lastname@example.org before deleting it permanently.”