HMRC SCAM ATTEMPT ON UCLAN STUDENTS

By Sam Johnson - Pulse Media Marketing Manager

A person or group has sent out what is believed to be a scam email claiming to be from Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs, suggests students at the University of Central Lancashire are due a tax refund. 

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Yes we seem to have moved past the days of the Sub-Saharan princes or great aunts that we never heard of, now it seems that scammers are attempting to get students to fill in personal bank details to get a tax refund.

While initially students may be excited by this news of a tax rebate, this is most likely a scam as the email is not in a standard HMRC format as well as people are always are informed of tax rebates via letters not email. The email has been sent out to a number of students all suggesting that they will receive £244.17 in a tax rebate to their account.

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Not only this but the email has not even been attempted to be covered up as an official HMRC email address but instead sent by “ilyaaad@support.apple.com”. If you click the link in the email you are sent to a page asking you to fill out your bank details, we suggest you do not as we believe this entire thing to be a scam.

If you have filled out the online form and submitted it, we recommend contacting Action Fraud which is the national cyber crime and action fraud reporting centre, you can click here to go to their website.

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