Dodgy email from HM Revenue and Customs?

19 replies
Found 31st Mar 2010
So i just got email saying im due £988.50 tax refund back, this was on a proper hm reneue and customs template and seemed very genuine. I don't fall for these normally and it also came from the email address [email protected]hmrc.gov.uk

Anyone know if i can trust this? It says directs me to another site which my internet explorer recommends i dont vierw it

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it's a scam, ring hmrc to verify

Definite scam.

I know a Nigerian prince who would love to give you two million dollars. Let me know if you're interested.

They don't email people, they always send a letter so this is well dodgy!

It is a phishing scam.

Banned

my advice: go for it.


what's the worse that could happen :lol:

Scam, had a few of these emails

As posted in one of the links above, all HMRC email addresses have "@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk" at the end...

bykergrove;8249688

my advice: go for it.what's the worse that could happen :lol:



win a years supply of dr pepper

IndianaBlues;8249723

As posted in one of the links above, all HMRC email addresses have … As posted in one of the links above, all HMRC email addresses have "@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk" at the end...



Makes no odds, email addresses can be spoofed. Why would HMRC initiate contact with you via email though? Why would they have your email?

jah128;8249742

Makes no odds, email addresses can be spoofed. Why would HMRC intiate … Makes no odds, email addresses can be spoofed. Why would HMRC intiate contact with you via email though? Why would they have your email?



Shhh, don't poke holes in the flawed logic. I'm *this* close to convincing him he's won the El Gordo Spanish sweepstakes.

"Anyone know if i can trust this?"

Are you joking or what ?

NEVER ,NEVER ,NEVER trust anything like this , even if it does look genuine . For a start , have you ever given Revenue & Customs your email address ???

If you believe this sort of email , you may fall for the Bank ones too .
Always ,DELETE the emails ...............end of problem .

I got a one yesterday from a Bank , HSBC , I was overdrawn by over a grand .
I'm not overdrawn and I dont Bank at the HSBC . ................DELETED..........

I got the same email and i dont have a job

I accidentally clicked on the link within the email but closed the window straight away. Will anything happen because of this?

Banned

Liam5170

I accidentally clicked on the link within the email but closed the window … I accidentally clicked on the link within the email but closed the window straight away. Will anything happen because of this?



Apart from an agonising, lingering death? Not sure.

HMRC send all emails from - gsi.gov.uk

If there is not gsi in the address it's not genuine.

The email address can easily be spoofed because the Reply To field in the email header can be populated with anything. So anybody with a method of creating an SMTP structure can populate the Reply To field with [email protected]Heaven.com and the recipient will see that the sender was "[email protected]Heaven.com", although replying to it may well result in a bounced email.

Hence, a genuine email address can be used but you can spot if it is spoofed by checking the email header and performing a check on the IP address. There are websites that can do this for you by copying and pasting the header.
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