Beware of fake tax refund emails

Thousands of university students have received fake tax refund emails.
Fraudsters send a message - complete with HMRC, gov.uk, or credit card branding - supposedly telling the recipient about a tax refund.

The email may feature the recipient's name and email address several times within the email itself.

HMRC will never use email, text or voicemail for real refunds.

If victims click on the links in the email, they will be asked to enter their banking and personal details. Fraudsters then use this information to steal money from bank accounts, or to sell on to other criminals.

Anyone targeted should not click on any links but can report cases to HMRC (link: https://www.gov.uk/report-suspicious-emails-websites-phishing) by forwarding the emails to HMRC or texts to 60599. Anyone who has lost money should contact Action Fraud (https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/).