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tax scam???

Discussion in 'Get it off your chest' started by ratman60, Jun 12, 2014.

  1. ratman60

    ratman60 Pro Poster

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    hello, just thought to ask as an email from HRMC popped up in my inbox saying i was due a refund????????? about £300 now i know they dont have my email ID or do they?? there are instructions to claim but i tend to think if i do i might loose money instead of getting it, what you think? delet or ??? cheers
     
  2. jolo-bolo

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    It's a scam delet it
     
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    Ring them up directly.
     
  4. The Robin

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    Prob a scam to be honest mate, if you must ring them up tomorrow and see if it's right or not. Also I think they would contact you by letter rather than e mail
     
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    HMRC don't send out emails,this is a scam so don't click on any links in it.
     
  6. RichieRich

    RichieRich Ping!

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    Scaaaaaaaaaaam!

    You'd be getting a notification in the post with a cheque attached to it if you were due a tax refund.
     
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    thats exactly what would happen, I've had them in the past and emails saying I am due a refund (not at the same time). It is deffo a scam.
     
  8. Bemused

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    Scam, had a few recently.
    HMRC send letters.
     
  9. ratman60

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    thanks all... DELETED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    Couple of things to check with emails like this:

    1. How do they know your email address?
    2. Would the tax office really email you? They love brown envelopes.
    3. Look who its from and check the url of any links they want you to click - either hover over the link or right click it to show location. Chances are it will be a load of nonsense or from a yahoo/hotmail or similar account.
     
  11. timmaaah

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    Of course it isn't a scam - how could it be?

    Surely the fact that the email doesn't have your name in it is a bit of a give-away?
     
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    Hi Ratman,
    this is a scam, HMRC Never ask for, or offer money back by email. It will always be by letter through the post. If it is the same one they act as a middle man, take your tax calculation for the year, pass it on to HMRC and charge you £500 for doing so. In effect a very very lazy accountant, you fill it all out and they pass it on to HMRC and you pay £500 for them doing it.
    Lee.
     
  13. ratman60

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    hello, just recieved another mail re tax refund so these scam companies will try anything to get your money. thanks for replies and can mods delete this post.
     
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    100% scam. The give away is usually the fact it doesn't have your name and will say "dear applicant" etc
     
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    scam

    Yes Seakysniper is dead right. If its addressed to you how come they don't know your name?

    I remember getting and e-mail from Nat West which started "Dear Valued Customer" Why didn't they know my name? The dead give away was that I don't bank with Natwest.

    I suggest you get in touch with the legitimate lot and offer to pass it on to them as they usually have a fraud prevention section.
     

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