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Byline: with TRICIA PHILLIPS, GRAHAM HISCOTT
TAX credit claimants are being warned about fraudsters targeting
bank accounts in the run-up to the renewal deadline at the end of July.
During last year’s tax credit renewal period from April to
July, almost 22,000 phishing emails were reported to HM Revenue &
Phishing emails often promise money back and lure recipients to
click on bogus links to a fake replica of the
HMRC Health Management Research Center
HMRC Helicopter Multi-Role Computer
HMRC Hierarchical Maximal Ratio Combining
website. They then
ask for credit or
card that allows the cost of goods or services that are purchased to be deducted directly from the purchaser’s checking account. They can also be used at automated teller machines for withdrawing cash from the user’s checking account.
information and password or PIN details.
This enables crooks to empty bank accounts or sell personal
information to criminal gangs, which often leads to identity theft.
Despite the taxman working with
law enforcement agencies
down more than 147
websites last year, new ones still continue to
Nick Lodge, director general of benefits and credits, said:
“HMRC will never ask you to disclose personal or payment
information by email.
“We are committed to online security but the methods
fraudsters use to obtain information are constantly changing, so people
do need to be alert.”
Don’t click on website links in emails. Always type in
official website addresses yourself.
Forward any suspicious emails you receive to HMRC at
email@example.com and then delete them.
Tax credit claims have to be renewed by July 31 2013 or payments
will stop. If you need help, visit
www.gov.uk/browse/benefits/tax-credits or call 0345 300 3900.