“Please “Sign in to HMRC online services” reference below and follow step 1 of 3 to have your tax refund credit to your bank account, also note you might need your Passport number details”
Following this, a hyperlink is presented which recipients should obviously not click on.
The email concludes: “Note : For security reason we will record (IP Address, Time and Date) Deliberate Wrong input or flooding with be criminally pursued.
“Best regards, HM Revenue & Customs”.(sic) The obvious grammatical mistakes should give this email away as fraudulent, but it still could be easy to fall for should recipients just give it a passing glance.
Struggling self-employed workers who are awaiting their next grant may also be at risk, as they could be eager to get hold of much needed funding.