Twice this week I have received emails headed Tax Refund Notification, purporting to come from HM Revenue and Custom and telling me to claim a refund due to me. by clicking a box. No reply address , site does not seem to exist. I have not clicked the box. I take it this is a scam of some form. Does anyone know ? If they do where can I report it ? Is it worth the bother ?
I had a similar notification about three weeks ago. I just checked the properties and looked at what was said including the spelling mistakes and binned it PDQ. I suppose you could notify HMRC, but I doubt they will be doing anything about it. I also had one recently, from a High Street bank, that I part own, and since I do not have any accounts with them, I went to see the local branch and they weren't at all interested. Saying it is happening all the time!!
Thanks folks, you have confirmed mmy belief that it was a scam. I also this morning had two from a High Street bank with which I do not deal, all have been binned .
What still concerns me is how have they got on to me. Is it that over the past two or three weeks I have been using various 'Compare sites' in my search for some sensibly priced insurance. I have never felt very happy about 'Compare sites' and have avoided as much as possiblle.
Chapeau: it's entirely random. How does any spam of any kind get to you? Your email address is floating out there in hundreds of ways - it's not just (nor even likely) the comparison sites. These scammer people send the same email to, let's say, 1000 people (= random email addresses). Out of those 1,000, statistically, let's say 100 have dealings with the named financial institution. And out of those 100, it only takes 1 to fall for the scam - and the scammers are quids in. Thinking about it, I'm not sure why I still go to work when there's money to be made that easily. Oh, no, wait - it's illegal. That's why... :-)
I wanted to test Orange Mobile PAYG SIM a while back so I applied online for one and of course had to give my real postal address and one of my email addresses.
But I used a fictitious unusual name and Googled it first to check it was unique.
6 weeks later, someone had setup a Facebook account in that name but messed up a login and I got an email warning.
That application to Orange was the only time I ever used that name for any sign up or marketing.
So either Orange is selling details (most likely) and someone was using them nefariously, or an employee was doing it.