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Warning over tax scam
7:40am Saturday 9th February 2013 in News
A tax return scam is sweeping across Sussex.
Brighton and Hove trading standards staff is warning residents to be on the lookout after some people received an official-looking email apparently from Revenue and Customs.
It claims there has been an error on the calculation of their tax.
But the bogus email address is email@example.com while official HMRC addresses end in .gov.uk.
It is thought that the scam is being distributed to tie in with the end of the tax year, as people are filling in their tax returns.
Jo Player, the council’s trading standards manager, said: “The email address is clearly bogus and we urge people not to hand over their financial information.
“HMRC would advise customers of an under or overpayment in writing.
“The bogus email also contains a hyperlink to click on which takes people to a website that looks like the HMRC site, but that too is false and is designed to obtain bank details.”
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