Email scam warning

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A SURGE of phishing emails from fraudsters has sparked a warning to taxpayers across Calderdale.

HM Revenue and Customs says it has had several reports of con messages following the January 31 self assessment tax return filing deadline.

The email claims recipients are due a tax rebate, and also provides a click-through link to a replica of the HM Revenue and Customs website.

The recipient is asked to provide their credit card details, and victims risk having their bank accounts emptied and their personal details sold on to other organised criminal gangs.

Chris Hopson, director of customer contact, said: “As a matter of policy, HM Revenue and Customs will only ever contact customers who are due a tax refund in writing by post.