HMRC is a name that all individuals in UK and the world around can trust with closed eyes. However, this reliability is now a reason to be scared of being misled and thus robbed. Such an alarming situation has been created due to many fraud emails in the name of HMRC which ask for several financial details and passwords from people. Most of the people having complete faith in the name of HMRC gives away the details and consequently are robbed of all their money. Therefore one must understand the genuinity of any emails asking for details that are very confidential. If you suspect that you have not received a genuine HMRC email then use the HMRC phone number to let them know.

The Different Forms Of Fraudulent E-mails-It is not that the fake and misguiding e-mails are only for bank details or passwords. There can be several types of such e-mails pertaining to various issues of official procedures. Such cases can be listed down as follows-

  • E-mails Bearing Website Links For Services Provided By Government: There can be various convincing e-mails which may ask one’s personal details for extending services like renewing passport or may be renewal of a driving license. Such e-mails can also bear links for issuing European Health Insurance Cards. The language of the e-mails and the links are so convincing that people can very easily fall in the trap and consequently disclo9de all personal information.

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  • Phishing E-mails Asking For Bank Details In The Name Of HMRC: There are emails that bear the name of HMRC and ask for personal details related to bank accounts, private payments, and financial transactions and so on. One must keep in mind that a responsible UK Government body like HMRC shall never send an e-mail or a text message asking for such details out of the blue. If any information is required by HMRC then obviously there will be issue of authentic letters from the department and the process will be long and reliable. However, such emails most of the time bear the fake logo and signatures which can easily misguide people.
  • E-mails Related To Immigration And Visas: Apart from financial details, there are some emails which talk of visas and immigration. They claim for money against issuing a visa. More surprisingly, they ask for money either in cash or through money transfer. People who are not aware of the actual visa and immigration processes may believe in such forgery without a question. One must understand that no Government body asks for payment against a visa by cash or money transfer just by writing an e-mail. There are authentic procedures extended by the Visa office in this respect.

Steps To Be Taken Against Such Fraudulent E-mails:If any person receives such e-mails then he or she can report the same to the Government of UK with the following details-

 

  • Forwarding the URL or the fraud website or the email that misguided you to the concerned Govt. department
  • How the website was found
  • What made you feel that it was a genuine Government website
  • In case of HMRC phishing emails the suspicious e-mail has to be forwarded to phishing@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk
  • In case of disclosure of personal information you need to simply inform to HMRC about the details you have already provided.
  • In case of fraudulent emails related to visa and immigration inform the concerned Govt. Body about the emails you have received and the details you have provided by mistake
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