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Tax refund or another scam – BEWARE

September 8, 2009

THIS HAS JUST BEEN RECEIVED BY EMAIL: IF YOU GET ONE DO NOT RESPOND TO IT AT ALL

TAX REFUND ID NUMBER: 381716209
REFUND AMOUNT: 327.54 GBP

Dear Applicant,

The contents of this email and any attachments are confidential and as applicable, copyright in these is reserved to HM Revenue & Customs.
Unless expressly authorised by us, any further dissemination or distribution of this email or its attachments is prohibited.

If you are not the intended recipient of this email, please reply to inform us that you have received this email in error and then delete it without retaining any copy.

I am sending this email to announce: After the last annual calculation of your fiscal activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund of 327.54 GBP

You have attached the tax return form with the TAX REFUND NUMBER ID: 381716209, complete the tax return form attached to this message.

After completing the form, please submit the form by clicking the SUBMIT button on form and allow us 5-9 business days in order to process it.

Our head office address can be found on our web site at http://www.hmrc.co.uk/

Sincerely,
NEIL ROBINSON
HMRC Tax Credit Officer
officer.robinson@hmrc.co.uk
Preston
PR1 0SB

The form asks for highly confidential information about your passwords, credit card number, address and phone number, even your mother’s maiden name. It’s as near as possible a complete kit for stealing your identity. DO NOT ON ANY ACCOUNT FILL IN OR SUBMIT THIS FORM!!

It looks official but the address is NOT a valid one for HM Revenue and Customs. HMRC is not a ‘.co.uk’ for a start and their email addresses do NOT begin ‘officer.surname’ Believe me – I checked it out with a very log serving Tax official to whom I am married!

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