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Surge in fake HMRC emails

This week has seen a resurgence of fake emails purporting to be sent by HM Revenue & Customs. Many of these phishing emails alert the recipient to a possible tax refund, often over £1,000, and ask for confirmation of bank details "to enable us to pay the refund to you immediately".

Whatever you do, do not reply to these emails. Ideally, you should report the incident to the HMRC fraud hotline but, at the very least, delete the email without opening any attachments or links.

HMRC do not request information from tax payers by email, so you can safely assume that any communication of this kind is likely to be fraudulent.