Taxpayers told to be wary of internet scam

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INTERNET users are urged to be on guard following a spate of scam emails sent by fraudsters.

Some taxpayers in Portsmouth and south-east Hampshire have been sent messages claiming they are due a rebate.

The email contains a link to a replica of the website of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs.

The user is then asked to input their credit card details.

But HMRC is warning that it does not send out emails about tax rebates, and that those who hand their details over face having their accounts emptied and their details sold on to organised crime gangs.

Chris Hopson, director of customer contact at Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, said: ‘HMRC will only ever contact customers who are due a tax refund in writing by post. If anyone receives an email offering a tax rebate claiming to be from HMRC, we recommend they send it to before deleting it permanently.’