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HMRC warn of phishing email ‘surge’

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More than 46,000 phishing emails have been reported by customers since the first tax credits renewals forms were sent out to claimants in April, HMRC said.

The email tells the recipient they are due a tax rebate and links to a replica of the HMRC website, where the recipient is asked to provide credit or debit card details. 

‘We currently only ever contact customers who are due a tax refund in writing by post,’ said Joan Wood, Director of HMRC Online and Digital. ‘We don’t use telephone calls, emails or external companies in these circumstances.

'If anyone receives an email claiming to be from HMRC, please send it to before deleting it permanently.’

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