HM Revenue Customs said it would never send customers emails to arrange refunds, and urged anyone receiving one to report.
You can do this by hovering over the link, as this will tell you the real address, or copy and paste the link into a search engine.
In addition, you should: check the advice published.The email reads: "After the last annual calculation of your fiscal activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund of 244.79 GBP.".Hmrc says it never contacts customers who need a rebate via email.Home news warning over tax rebate phone fraud.We've been informed of a spate of fake emails, known as phishing emails, claiming to be from HM Revenue and Customs and promising a tax rebate of 244.79 if you click through the link provided.Always check the authenticity of the link before you click.Legitimate tax rebate forms (P800s) from hmrc contain a payment order.Hmrc said the messages often looked very convincing and typically offered refunds of 120 or 150, amounts which were unlikely to arouse a taxpayer's suspicions.The scam comes just before the deadline for online self-assessment tax returns on tax on gift cards to employee 31 January, when many have tax on their mind.HM Revenue Customs (hmrc) says that victims risk have their bank accounts emptied and their personal details sold on to other organised criminal gangs.
In the last three months, they have closed down more than 180 websites that were responsible for sending out the fake tax rebate emails.
Gareth Lloyd, head of digital security at hmrc, said: "hmrc never contacts customers who are due a tax refund via email we always send a letter through the post.Also be wary of opening attachments from senders you don't know as these might contain viruses designed to steal personal or financial information.The fraudsters tell victims that they are due a tax rebate, and ask for their bank card details over the phone.The emails often begin with a sentence such as, "We have reviewed your tax return; according to our calculations of your last year's accounts a tax refund of xxxx is due and goes on to request details including the recipient's date of birth, bank account.Read more about the, hMRC tax rebate scam.They advise anyone who receives a telephone call such as this not to give any information to the caller and report it to the police straightaway.We don't use telephone calls, emails or external companies.'Report it a spokesman for hmrc says: "We only ever contact customers who are due a tax refund in writing by post.Hilary Osborne, friday 7 February 2014.16 GMT, taxpayers are being warned not to respond to emails promising them a refund, which are really a phishing scam designed to get hold of their bank account details.