New warning about scam emails purporting to come from HMRC

26 July 2014

We have previously warned readers on several occasions of the risks associated with scam emails apparently from HMRC. A new variation has now been noticed, which PayPal users need to be aware of.

The emails now seen suggest that a repayment has been sent to your PayPal account and then ask you follow a link and enter your password. These emails are labelled as coming from HM Revenue & Customs Service@paypal.co.uk, and since this email address is one which is used by PayPal the whole thing looks legitimate.

Please remember that HMRC will never advise you of a tax repayment by email, or request any password information. Any messages that you believe to be a scam should be reported to phishing@hmrc.gov.uk to assist the Department’s efforts to understand these issues better and to develop appropriate counteraction where possible.