Email scams: Employer Annual Return and Alerts & Registrations
07 February 2014
Be aware that fraudsters are at it again and one of their tricks is to pretend to be HMRC and ask businesses to submit a P35.
Here is an example of the type of email being circulated:
Employer Annual Return
HMRC Employer Alerts & Registrations
The other scam that has been reported to us is a request for registration details, an example being:
From: HMRC Employer Alerts & Registrations [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Subject: HMRC Employer Alerts & Verification
Thank you for your registration details which have been recorded for email alerts purposes only.
We expect to send you three email alerts a year - February, May and December. These will give you the links to the latest Employer Bulletin and HMRC PAYE Tools (previously the Employer CD-ROM).HMRC may also issue other messages throughout the year.
Please complete all relevant sections of the attached application form and attach the appropriate documents to confirm your identity.
Reply to this email as this mailbox is monitored for incoming mail.
As a reminder to help you stay safe online, HMRC recommends the following:
- Check the advice published at www.hmrc.gov.uk/security/index.htm where they can see if the email received is listed
- Forward suspicious emails to HMRC at email@example.com and then delete it from your computer/mail account
- Do not click on websites or links contained in suspicious emails or open attachments
- Follow advice from www.getsafeonline.co.uk
- Anyone who has answered one of these emails should forward the email and disclosed details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have reason to believe that you have been the victim of an email scam, report the matter to your bank/card issuer as soon as possible. If in doubt please check with HMRC at HMRC fraud attempts.