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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Scam emails

If you receive an email that looks like this, please ignore it as it is a scam to obtain your credit card details. (I have removed the hyperlink). These messages are coming thick and fast to all sorts of email addresses, and one give away is the address to which the message is sent is not easily recognisable. This one came to tom at sparkes dot co dot uk.


From: HM Revenue and Customs []

Taxpayer ID: tom-00000222351832UK
Issue: Unreported/Underreported Income (Fraud Application)

Please review your tax statement on HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) website (click on the link below):

review tax statement for taxpayer id: tom-00000222351832UK

HM Revenue and Customs


Hairy McLairy said...

It might be worthwhile saying that just about every industry has its own brand of scam emails.

In the tourism industry we get scam booking emails which always begin 'I would like to book rooms for five newly ordained priests in your facility' and then asks if you accept credit cards.

Recently we've started getting ones from purportedly from Russia asking for paper copies of brochures (which no-one has these days thanks to the InterWeb)which are clearly a come-on for further fraud.

Clearly, this doesn't immunise us from the rest of the c**p out there offering us Spanish lottery wins, medication to make parts that I don't have work more effectively, people from India and China offering web design services, widows of dead dictators offering me a share in their millions, etc. etc.

Anyone else out there got examples of industry-specific scams?

Anonymous said...

I work for HMRC and have seen cheques which had been intercepted, sent to India for cashing, and having been altered to have the payment made out to a chap called Inlandi Revendi.

Anonymous said...

some guy in London cashed my Inland Revenue cheque a few years back, and started a bloody war with the proceeds!