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    • Hattie625
    • By Hattie625 13th Mar 17, 12:47 PM
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    Scam?
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    • 13th Mar 17, 12:47 PM
    Scam? 13th Mar 17 at 12:47 PM
    I received a text message this morning (unfortunately I've deleted it, so can't quote the exact terms). It said that my "P60" tax repayment "from Gov.UK" amounting to £700-odd pounds (a specific amount was specified, including a pence amount, so it looked "official") was now finalised and giving a link with warning that my bank account details would need to be verified (or some such wording). I have no tax repayment claim pending. Nothing to indicate who sent the message. I deleted the message on the assumption this is a scam. Has anyone else had something similar?
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    • bertiewhite
    • By bertiewhite 13th Mar 17, 12:48 PM
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    • 13th Mar 17, 12:48 PM
    My wife had something similar even though she had only just had a real refund. I'm sure the HMRC website even says they will only ever write to you, not text or email.
    • eskbanker
    • By eskbanker 13th Mar 17, 1:28 PM
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    • 13th Mar 17, 1:28 PM
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    • 13th Mar 17, 1:28 PM
    Yes, as per https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/hm-revenue-customs/contact/reporting-fraudulent-emails:
    HMRC never send notifications of a tax rebate or ask you to disclose personal or payment information by email or text message.
    • jimjames
    • By jimjames 13th Mar 17, 2:01 PM
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    • 13th Mar 17, 2:01 PM
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    • 13th Mar 17, 2:01 PM
    I have no tax repayment claim pending. Nothing to indicate who sent the message. I deleted the message on the assumption this is a scam. Has anyone else had something similar?
    Originally posted by Hattie625
    If you have no tax repayment pending, did that give a clue that it might be a scam? I get these on a daily basis across a variety of emails. It doesn't matter whether it's a tax repayment, Amazon account locked out, Natwest online banking error, they're all scams.


    Far safer to assume all are scams unless you know otherwise.
    Remember the saying: if it looks too good to be true it almost certainly is.
    • Hattie625
    • By Hattie625 13th Mar 17, 2:10 PM
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    • 13th Mar 17, 2:10 PM
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    • 13th Mar 17, 2:10 PM
    If you have no tax repayment pending, did that give a clue that it might be a scam? I get these on a daily basis across a variety of emails. It doesn't matter whether it's a tax repayment, Amazon account locked out, Natwest online banking error, they're all scams.


    Far safer to assume all are scams unless you know otherwise.
    Originally posted by jimjames
    That's what I did
    • bertiewhite
    • By bertiewhite 13th Mar 17, 2:28 PM
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    • 13th Mar 17, 2:28 PM
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    • 13th Mar 17, 2:28 PM
    On a similar note, whenever I get a phonecall from the likes of SKY, if they ask me to go through some security questions I refuse, saying that it's them who are wanting to talk to me, not the other way round and they could be anybody!!
    • polymaff
    • By polymaff 13th Mar 17, 7:43 PM
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    • 13th Mar 17, 7:43 PM
    ...Has anyone else had something similar?
    Originally posted by Hattie625
    As the old hag on "Round the Horne" used to say: "Many, many times"
    • MABLE
    • By MABLE 14th Mar 17, 8:09 AM
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    • 14th Mar 17, 8:09 AM
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    • 14th Mar 17, 8:09 AM
    Had this many times along with the usual scam phone call from Microsoft.
    • teddysmum
    • By teddysmum 14th Mar 17, 3:39 PM
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    • 14th Mar 17, 3:39 PM
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    • 14th Mar 17, 3:39 PM
    Had this many times along with the usual scam phone call from Microsoft.
    Originally posted by MABLE


    But the calls are more fun if you have half an hour to spare.


    I wonder if anyone has had an email from 'NS&I' , asking them to click on a link to claim their million.
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