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AnnCardiff Report 30 Jun 2008 23:37

ooer - I know so little about all these things - thank God I've got you lovely lot to give me a helping hand!! sometimes I think that at 72 I'm too old to be messing about on computers - initially I only got it as a word processor cos I like writing letters and look at me now - doing all sorts of things.


JaneyCanuck Report 30 Jun 2008 23:37

your last post Ann -- too bad you deleted (is it still in your trash?)

You see, the phishers can also do this

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so it looks like you're going to HMRC, but you're still going to the best porn site ever!

Or in this case, to be more realistic, to the We Are Going to Steal Your Identity site.

(The HMRC site address you gave actually is the real thing, it's just that it isn't where you would have gone if you'd clicked on it.)


James Report 30 Jun 2008 23:38

I had a letter and cheque from Inland Revenue from overpaying a few years back when I retired, but there was no E.Mail just the letter and cheque



Sue Report 30 Jun 2008 23:38


Just had a look, if you look at the full web addy you will see that it is rerouted. Compare what pops up in your box compared to the real site (google for Inland Revenue)

Sue xx


AnnCardiff Report 30 Jun 2008 23:40

dunno where the trash is Kathryn - I do have McAfee and the email was in "spam" but I always check those cos I've had kosher ones turn up in spam on occasions and this looked kosher to me!! Not now of course.


AnnCardiff Report 30 Jun 2008 23:41

Hi Sarah - I did have the "free holiday" offer once but I was so rude to them I've never had another call!!! I;m old enough to know that nothing is for nothing!!

Chesty La Rue

Chesty La Rue Report 30 Jun 2008 23:41

Ann is the official site I use it to do my company returns on I remembed seeing something on there about scam letters and emails. I just checked and its still there It gives you examples of what they look like and tells you what you can do about it. Well done for not falling for it, it sickens me that you just cant trust anyone anymore.



JaneyCanuck Report 30 Jun 2008 23:43

Ann -- go here -- yes, it's the real thing -- eek! I mean the address below is the real thing, *not* that what you got is the real thing!!

Existing fraud attempts

We want to make sure you can recognise a fraudulent email if you receive one. We have produced the list below of recent fraudulent emails that have been brought to our attention and will update regularly with news of new phishing activity.

Please note: If you suspect you have received a fraudulent email please do not follow any links within the email, disclose any details or respond to it. Forward it to us at We cannot reply on each email we receive, but the information will be used to help reduce online fraud.

Current phishing scams

The following phishing activity is the most frequently reported fraud attempt to HMRC at the present time.

>>>>> Tax Rebate - Updated 24 June 2008

We are aware of a number of scams aimed at persuading our customers to complete a form revealing their bank or credit card details, on the pretext that a payment of tax will be paid directly into their bank account.

Previous forms, have shown a potential tax rebate using the email addresses of:


HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) does not send out emails using these email addresses

An example of the tax rebate scam:

Example 1 (PDF 286K) (added 11 June 2008).

Example 2 (added 14 August 2007).

Example 3 (added 14 August 2007).
Rebate phone calls – Updated


I hate pdfs, but I clicked on that June 2008 one for you.

It is the Tax Refund Form the email wanted you to sign.

And it asks for all your credit card info, including the verification number, and your birthday.

I wonder why they'd be wanting that ... ;)


AnnCardiff Report 30 Jun 2008 23:44

well now I know I haven't got any cash coming I'm off to bed. I have been struggling all day to work an Apple nano iPod which my lovely friend gave me for my birthday last Wednesday. Her 12 year old grandson showed me how to download my tunes and also how to use it - bless him - he looked at me with pity in his eyes when he heard m,y music - all fifties and sixties!! Anyway, I am pleased to say that I can operate it. All this technology has left me way behind!!!
Remember, I used to take the battery of our radio to have it filled with acid when I was a kid!!! [wearing my gas mask at the time]


AnnCardiff Report 30 Jun 2008 23:46

you certainly are a mine of info Kathryn - mine was the one with the prefix "hmrc"


AnnCardiff Report 30 Jun 2008 23:48

right lovely peeps - thank you so much for "looking after me" - I obviously need it but the b------s wonlt get me on this one - I hope all their chickens die!!!



Valerie Report 1 Jul 2008 00:25

If you get any emails that look as if they are scam.

Do the following:

Open the message. Look at contents. Then BLOCK the sender, then DELETE the message. I have had loads of scams.
Sometimes they want personal details, there are various ways they will try and get personal info. Say you have won some money and need a courier to deliver, you get these scams from all over the world.

Remember nobody gives away money for nothing.

Be alert, be careful and don't send any personal info info to these people, most are rogues........sometimes they want your identity to commit crime.
Don't let them get away with it. Dont send any money don't give away personal details.

Be aware, not everybody is trustworthy, there are hundreds of evil people around.


AnnCardiff Report 1 Jul 2008 10:44

haven't a clue as to how to block senders!!!

*Helen S

*Helen S Report 1 Jul 2008 19:57

Just wanted to add, I've just had the same email sent and I've never registered online or told the tax office my email address. I have a seperate email for work which I would presume would be where they'd tell me of my good fortune.


AnnCardiff Report 1 Jul 2008 20:07

they must be sending a load out!!