By Marcus Leach
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has warned that the number of fraudulent emails aiming to take advantage of the tax credits deadline has surged.
Fraudsters are taking advantage of the July 31st deadline for tax credit renewal forms, looking to obtain bank details with false emails.
The email sent suggests people are due a refund, and they are then directed to a website that is just a clone of the HMRC website where they are requested to enter bank details.
Once the details are entered the fraudsters are free to empty the account of funds before distributing the details for yet further profit.
More than 46,000 of these emails have been reported to HMRC since the first tax credit renewal forms were sent out at the beginning of April.
"We currently only ever contact customers who are due a tax refund in writing by post. We do not use telephone calls, e-mails or external companies in these circumstances," said Joan Wood, director of HMRC online and digital.
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