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PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2009 12:54 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

This came to my RL account, complete with all the official looking HMRC headers and so on, except for the use of the word 'fiscal' and the slightly awkward grammar, I might have fallen for it.



Automated Tax Refund Notification‏
From: HM Revenue & Cust0ms (HMRC) ([email protected])
Sent: Tuesday, July 14, 2009 4:55:28 PM
To:

Tax Refund Notification


After the last annual calculations of your fiscal activity, we have determined that you are eligible to receive tax refund of 488.50 GBP.

You are require to submit the tax refund request using the tax refund reference below and allow up 6-9 working days in order to process it



https://0nline.hmrc.g0v.uk/refund?GAREASONCODE=- 1&GARESOURCEID=Common



Note : A refund can be delayed for different reasons, for example submitting invalid records or applying after deadline.
we apologise for any inconveniences and thank you for your co-operation.

Yours Sincerely

HM Revenue & Cust0ms

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Anybody else got one?

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2009 1:17 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

It's a standard phishing attempt--these aren't usually advance fee, instead they are shooting for identity theft. We don't generally deal with phishing attempts unless they are clearly lad/mailbox based.

I know the IRS has a report address for ones that are sent out in their name--I am assuming HM Revenue would also - check their legit site, and if they have a reporting address, forward this so they can take responsibility for having the site killed.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2009 1:27 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

^^^^^I already did that!^^^^

I'm a bit disappointed though, I could have used 488 quid.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2009 2:04 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

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488.50 GBP.
think this was the best clue!

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2009 3:04 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

The HMRC site looks ok to me, assuming you changed o to 0 in the link provided. Email sounds totally dodgy. I wonder if they're trying a different angle - you go to the website but don't have sufficient information to log in correctly, so you email them back & they request your details.

I agree most likely identity theft, but a slight chance there's an advance fee instead (Just pay 50 processing fee to clear the refund).

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2009 5:17 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I dunno, I can't respond to it myself, since it's in my RL inbox, but if any of you want to have a bit of fun with it, feel free. However if 488.50 quid end up in your bank account, I will be decidedly miffed. crying

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