CARBS has heard of some local contacts with individuals through emails claiming to come from HMRC and major banks. Several have also been received on employer email addresses.
The messages read: “You have new notifications relating to Tax Notices (P6/P6T). Please download attached document and sign Tax Form. Please complete, sign and date the following form and fax a completed form to HMRC at your earliest convenience on 03000 543 889. Please do not reply to this e-mail.”
Similar emails have also claimed to come from Lloyds, Santander, and NatWest.
Assume it’s a scam.
Our advice is: if you don’t recognise the email, had not anticipated it and had no reason to expect it, then assume it’s a scam. Better to miss a genuine email by deleting in error, than load spyware or worse on your computer.
We know similar messages have also been left on a landline answerphone. The caller repeatedly stated it was from HMRC and ignoring the call would result in action from the High Court in relation to an on-going enquiry. Again, if there is any doubt at all, assume it’s a scam.