Using Gmail, Hotmail or Outlook? Be wary of a new tax scam

Your inbox is a prime target for scammers, who use email to find victims. Email phishing scams can consist of warnings that one of your accounts has been hacked or even trick you with promises of a prize. In any case, the scammer is trying to get your personal or financial information, if not both.

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A new tax scam is spreading in the UK via email. While that may seem like a long way off, scams that operate abroad usually make their way to the US in one form or another. Read on to learn how the scam works and how to spot and report it.

Don’t click on that link

Scammers target people in the UK with promises of tax refunds, according to a report by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC)† From April 2021 to April this year, HMRC responded to nearly 277,000 referrals of suspicious contact from the public.

Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and cybercrime hotline, tweeted a warning about the scam. The organization received more than 400 reports of fake tax refund emails.

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The email states that the recipient will receive a refund, but they have yet to claim it. The provided link leads to a malicious website where crooks try to steal personal and financial information.

You may not be the target of this exact scam, but there are countless others that matter just as much.

Don’t be their next victim

You can sharpen your scam detection skills with the following tips:

Keep in mind that the government will never email you about a tax refund. Do not click on links or download attachments that you receive in unsolicited emails or text messages. They can be malicious. Watch out for red flags like spelling and grammar mistakes. Keep your operating systems, apps and devices updated with the latest official software and patches. Use two-factor authentication (2FA) for better security. Tap or click here to learn more about 2FA. Always have a trusted antivirus program updated and running on all your devices. We recommend our sponsor, TotalAV† Get an annual subscription to TotalAV now for just $19† That’s over 85% off the regular price!

Report the scam

The more people report a scam, the bigger the difference. You can report a scam to any of the following organizations:

If you receive an unsolicited email claiming to be from the IRS, please report it by attaching it to [email protected] Forward suspicious emails to the Anti-Phishing Working Group at [email protected] Report phishing attacks to the FTC at

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