|Don’t fall for email scam
That’s the message from Wigan Council’s trading standards team today as local residents report receiving fake emails from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).
HMRC never send notifications of a tax rebate by email, or to ask for personal or payment information by email. If a resident receives a suspicious looking email, they’re advised not to disclose any personal or payment information.
Councillor Kevin Anderson, cabinet member for communities at Wigan Council, warns:
“This kind of scam is called phishing, and is the fraudulent act of emailing a person in order to obtain their personal or financial information such as passwords, credit card or bank account details. These emails often include a link to a bogus website encouraging you to enter your personal details. We would advise anyone who has received one of these emails to forward it to HMRC at firstname.lastname@example.org and then delete it.”
If you have responded to an HMRC scam e-mail and have disclosed personal financial information, you should forward a report to HMRC at email@example.com so that it can be looked into.
If you have disclosed credit/debit card information you need to immediately report the matter to your bank/card issuer.
For general consumer advice ring the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 08454 04 05 06 or visit www.adviceguide.org.uk.