• From The BBC:

    A record 83,000 scam e-mails offering fake tax refunds were reported to the UK’s tax authority in September.And on one day this month, 10,000 reports about “phishing” e-mails were made to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). The messages tended to start with a claim which read: “Following a review of your fiscal activity you are due a refund of tax of £x.” But HMRC stressed that it would never inform people of a tax rebate by e-mail or on the telephone. Sucker listsJohn Harrison, head of HMRC customer contact online, said that the messages tried to extract people’s credit card and bank account details. This left them at risk of their savings being stolen and the details sold on to professional criminal gangs, in so-called “sucker lists”. The latest version of this scam originated from various different websites, which operated for 20 minutes before changing their domain name. “We only contact customers who are due a refund in writing by post. We never use e-mails, telephone calls or ex…

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