HM Revenue and Customs Phishing Scam

I wrote a phishing warning, back in September, about the Internal Revenue Phishing scam email I had received. Now the Scammers have turned their attention to UK targets, as they are now sending similar scam phishing emails pretending to be from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

HMRC Phishing Email

I received the HMRC scam email this morning, (supposedly), from HM Revenue and Customs, no-reply@hmrc.gov.uk. The Subject line of the email is Notice of Underreported Income. The scam email read:

Taxpayer ID: kennie-00000054568448UK
Tax Type: INCOME TAX
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: kennie-00000054568448UK 

HM Revenue and Customs

This is not from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, it’s simply a phishing scam email to try and steal personal details from you. So even if you have been dodging taxes - don’t worry - this is a bogus email, simply delete it and move on.

The link doesn’t go to a UK tax website, it goes to iiikoun.co.uk - but don’t even follow the link, even if you are curious as to what the form looks like, or you are tempted to fill in bogus information to mess these scammers about. The link could also send a trojan to your computer, so the phishers win again. Just DELETE IT and move on.

HMRC don’t send emails - they knock on your door! (or they may even send you a letter, but they won’t email you).

If you receive the same Notice of Underreported Income email, or something similar, we’d love to hear from you, so don’t hesitate to leave a comment.

22 Responses to “HM Revenue and Customs Phishing Scam”

Geoff Says:

fell for this one today ………rats…..I am fully aware of phishing scams but this one came into my email box a few days after company tax returns had been issued and I had correspondence with HMRC - so it looked valid and the word Fraud concentrates the mind!

Went to the site and downloaded the exe file - but could not get it to run. Yep looks like I have been very stupid!

A Conroy Says:

I’m getting this “notice of underreported income” around fifty times a day to my junk mail folder.

Elbee Says:

Yes, me too. Today I have recived two mails for diferent people. All details above were the same and was obvious it was a scam as I have fully submitted all.

Crofton Brierley Says:

I have recieved five of this type of phising email in the last 24 hours! All to different names.

Taxpayer ID: axkyb-00000303505260UK
Tax Type: INCOME TAX
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: axkyb-00000303505260UK

HM Revenue and Customs

Big B Says:

Thanks for the info. This message started appearing in my inbox about a week ago. This is a account I specifically set up to handle rubbish like this (not my personal one). Today 13th Oct there are 19 copies of the same message. Haven’t opened any of them. Just sent them all straight to the bin where they belong.

SEO UK Says:

I got the same one for the first time yesterday, and something similar today. One suggested I owed taxes, and the other said I was due a tax refund. Personally I just deleted them both - like tha taxman is going to be sending emails - but I suppose we should publicise the gimmick because, judging by what I read above, some people will fall for it.

BB

siki Says:

thanks for posting this article. i received the same email today and did a search for the main domain on the link: iiikoun.co.uk
everything before the main domain is the subdomain(s) and it’s very cleverly done. scum

the link looks like this:
online.hmrc.gov.uk.iiikoun.co.uk/SecurityWebApp/httpsmode/statement.php?id=……..

online.hmrc.gov.uk = subdomains

iiikoun.co.uk = domain

they are becoming more sophisticated with the scams. beware!!!

i almost fell for it as the first part of the link when copied (right click - copy link) looks very much like the hmrc.gov.uk
site.

Marilyn Tasker Says:

This frightened me to death… Why do people do this????M x

Jennifer Says:

I nearly fell for this one, despite being normally quite savvy about phishing. I’ve been talking to HMRC recently and, as someone else noted, the word “fraud” really makes you sit up and listen!
Luckily, self-preservation kicked in before I clicked the link, and I viewed the URL (similar to HMRC’s, but with the domain dir2com1.com stuck on the end) and a quick search brought up this article.
DELETE! DELETE! DELETE! :o)

Mike Says:

Got this email today, googled it, and found your blog. Thanks for saving me from possible virus problems!! I did business with a group from the UK, and thought that this might be related to that. Your blog saved the day.

Oliver B Says:

Another one has appeared under the title “Use refunds with confidence”

Simon Says:

Looks as though this email is still running around. Thank you for the information. I hate the IR and to receive this could have been the last straw. People shoot themselves for less.
I’m really mad with the people behind this and would happily meet them in a dark alley! Thanks for your info.

S Says:

Got it today, many thanks for the info…keep up the good work!

Cheers

S

TANIA Says:

GOT THIS TODAY , GOGGLED IT AND GLAD I FOUND YOU. IT LOOKS AS IF ITS DOING THE ROUNDS AGAIN. RECEIVED IT AT 8PM , SHOULD HAVE KNOWN NO TAX INSPECTOR WORKS THAT LATE !!!!

AntonyA Says:

I have had 2 of these scam emails this week. I spoke the HMRC and they advised to forward the email to them.

david Says:

I got this about an hour ago, it was in my junk mail so i thought it was suspicious :-

Dear Applicant:

Following an upgrade of our computer systems and review of our records we have investigated your payments and latest tax returns over the last seven years our calculations show you have made over payments of 150 GBP or 256.99 CAD
Due to the high volume of refunds due you must complete the on line application, the telephone help line is unable to assist with this application.
In order to process your refund you will need to complete the attached application form.
Your refund may take up to 3 weeks to process please make sure you complete the form correctly.
As we are upgrading our records we require the completed form showing your full current details by 30 July 2010

Please submit the form attached to confirm the refund.

S. M.Roberts
Senior Manager
HM Revenue & Customs

————————————————————–
© Copyright 2010, HM Revenue & Customs UK & CA All rights reserved.
TAX REFUND ID: A29R119

Pauline Says:

I received the following email from “HM Revenue & Customs” which looks quite official. For once I used my brain and thought SCAM so did nothing about it.

Dear Tax Payer,

Your tax payment refund has accrued up to 3,997.32. GBP

Kindly respond to this mail so that your tax refund will be processed through your online banking and refunded within 72hours of receiving the information that we’ve requested.

Please click here to place your Tax Refund request.

The tax refund payment will not be initiated if we do not receive your credentials.

Personal and Corporate Tax Refund Centre (PCTRC)
HM Revenue & Customs

Vickiee Says:

I got this scam letter today saying im due a tax refund of £2000, opened the download form thing and it asked me for my bank pin thats when i knew it was a scam just hope it didnt open any viruses on my computer!

chin acne Says:

OMg! I spent all day trying to find this info. So glad that I stumbled upon your site. I find that all you have to do to find this article is to type a related search term into Google and look on the first page to find it. Where were you looking? “The spambastards book of moronic comments?” :) BM

report phishing emails Says:

thank you for smoking Stop spamming my blog, Spamtwat! BM

Sun Says:

Got it today!!

Applicant:

Following an upgrade of our computer systems and review of our
records we have investigated your payments and latest tax returns
over the last seven years our calculations show you have made over
£504.28.

Due to the high volume of refunds due you must complete the on line
application, the telephone help line is unable to assist with this application.
In order to process your refund you will need to complete the attached
application form.

Your refund may take up to 6 weeks to process please make sure you
complete the form correctly.
As we are upgrading our records we require the completed form
showing your full current details by 21 March 2012.

To access the form for your tax refund, please click on:
Login On HMRC Online Services

S. M.Roberts
Senior Manager
HM Revenue & Customs

Craig Says:

LATEST TAX SCAM EMAIL TO SURFACE ON UK WEB:

After the last annual calculations of your fiscal activity we have determined that
you are eligible to receive a tax refund of £ 264.53.
Please submit the tax refund request and allow us 2-19 days in order to
process it.

A refund can be delayed for a variety of reasons.
For example submitting invalid records or applying after the deadline.

To access the form for your tax refund, please click here

Note: For security reasons, we will record your ip-address, the date and time.
Deliberate wrong inputs are criminally pursued and indicated.

Regards,
W. N. Roberts
Senior Manager
HM Revenue & Customs

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