Taxing times.

An interesting document popped into my e-mail ‘spam’ collection this morning. I say ‘interesting’ because it purported to be from HMRC, the tax and customs people from our friendly Government. The e-mail advised me that I still had not responded to prior reminders that I was owed a refund of cash, as I had overpaid my tax; and warned me that time was running out before the refund disappeared forever.

Now I imagine that many readers will understand, having received lots of ‘scam’ messages themselves, that to receive any message purporting, nay encouraging a taxpayer to get a refund would be viewed with an understandable cynicism; but I am sure readers will readily understand the trigger phrase which determined that this message was just a ruse to get me to respond.

The final sentence said:-

Please submit a tax request and allow us 5-7 days in order to process it.

3 comments for “Taxing times.

  1. microdave
    March 21, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    When I get emails like this I select the full header and look for any numerical IP addresses. Then I copy/paste them into Google, Geotool or Whois to see where they originate. Once you find one from China, the far East or somewhere in Africa, it’s pretty obvious what’s going on…

  2. Errol
    March 21, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    Good catch Mike – very obviously fake as HMRC would take 5-7 *months*!

    • Ted Treen
      March 24, 2016 at 9:32 pm

      Only if they were in overdrive…

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