I’ve just received a supposed notification from HMRC that I am eligible for a £225 refund.
The HMRC logo is at the top, there is a picture of a stack of pound coins down the side and there is a link at the bottom of the email which I am required to click to process a ‘Tax Refund Request’.
The problem is the email address to which this notification came is not one I would have given to HM Revenue & Customs because it’s not one I use very much.
Secondly, the link at the bottom does not point to any of the official government websites I know of. HMRC can be found here: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/
Thirdly, I know what my tax situation is and I know I’m not due a refund!
Needless to say, I’m not going to click on it because the email itself is spam and the link could go anywhere.
Has anyone else had a similar email? Has anyone clicked the link?
If you think you should be or are due a tax refund but you are not sure how to go about claiming it back then you can sent a request for assistance to email@example.com .
It is estimated there are millions of pounds in unclaimed refunds available to self employed individuals and it’s a very cheap and simple procedure to find out if you are eligible.