Phishing is a technique which fraudsters use to gather your bank account details using seemingly legitimate emails and web sites. In this instance residents receive an email requesting they submit their application for a tax refund and are directed to a link where they are asked to fill in bank details.
HM Revenue and Customs state that their staff never inform people of a tax rebate via email and make it clear that no personal or payment information should be disclosed via email. They request that any phishing emails be forwarded onto them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone who believes that they have been the victim of a phishing scam should immediately contact their bank and also call Consumer Direct for advice on 08454 04 05 06 or visit www.consumerdirect.gov.uk.