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Probably the most unlikely phishing e-mail in the world

Probably the most unlikely phishing e-mail in the world

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I just got this..

Tax Refund Notification

After the last annual calculations of your fiscal activity, we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund of 188.50 GBP. Please submit the tax refund request and allow 6-9 days in order to process it.

Click Here to submit you tax refund request

Note : A refund can be delayed a variety of reasons, for example submitting invalid records or applying after deadline.

Yours Sincerely

HM Revenue & Customs

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..and I nearly fell of the chair laughing.  The idea of HMRC informing you of a refund is many very unlikely, and doing it via e-mail is stretching credibility to the limit.

Of course it’s another phishing exercise and takes you to a site Romania (which I have removed the link to) and was identified as such by our systems and sent to my junk mail sans links and pictures.

My point is that if it’s too good to be true it is.

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  • About a third of our office staff received this particilar scam email via their home email addresses.  I put a warning on our intranet with a link to the official HMRC website warning about these scams.

    If you feel like providing a public service, here's the address:

    http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/security/examples.htm

    all the best

    Talkjack

  • Thanks for the link TalkJack, as for public service I am ex-HMRC!

    Andrew

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