Accountancy Age, Accountancy Age, Friday 13 August 2010 at 09:31:00

Taxman warns customers to be on their guard against phising attempts


HM Revenue and Customs has reported a surge in tax scam phising attemptsafter shutting down more than 180 websites responsible for sending out fakeemails.

The body also warned taxpayers to be on their guard for fraudsters posing asHMRC agents on the phone, seeking account details.

Chris Hopson, Director of Customer Contact at HMRC said HMRC only contactscustomers in writing by post.

?We never use telephone calls, emails or external companies in thesecircumstances. We strongly urge anyone receiving such a phone call not to giveany information to the caller, but report it to the police straightaway,? hesaid.

?If customers receive an email claiming to be from HMRC, we recommend theysend it to us for investigation before deleting it permanently.?

Further reading:

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