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Tax scams on the increase

HM Revenue and Customs has revealed that 83,000 scam e-mails were sent to UK taxpayers, supposedly from the tax authorities, in September 2009 alone. On one day it was reported that 10,000 of these "phishing" e-mail were received which are nothing more than scams to get your personal details. Unfortunately, while 83,000 attempted scams have been reported, many more which have either been ignored or been successful.

The truth is that HM Revenue and Customs is highly unlikely to contact you by e-mail and ask for personal and confidential information. One of the main ways in which you can tell if an e-mail is a scam or is actually from the purported sender, is whether it refers to you by name or a more generic "Dear client" or something similar. If the supposed sender of the e-mail is unaware of whom you are, how on earth can you be expected to give them personal and confidential information which could be used against you?

It is not rocket science, it is not difficult but unfortunately with time of the essence for many people in their busy lifestyle of today a number of taxpayers in the UK have given out their private information to the scammers. Whether or not they will use your information to defraud you and obtaining money by deception is anybody's guess, but do not expect them to attack your accounts and use your identification straight away. Many of the scammers will wait weeks or months before attempting to defraud you.

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