Fraudsters’ emails are targeting taxpayers

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A SURGE of fake “phishing” emails has been sent out by fraudsters in the run-up to the tax credits renewal deadline.

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is now alerting West Yorkshire taxpayers to be wary.

Emails inform people they are due a tax rebate and provide a click-through link to a cloned replica of the HMRC website.

Fraudsters then try to take money from the account using the credit card details provided and victims risk having bank accounts emptied.

Since April, when the first tax credits renewals forms were sent out to claimants, more than 46,000 phishing emails have been reported by customers.

Joan Wood, director of HMRC Online and Digital, said: “We only ever contact customers who are due a tax refund in writing by post.”

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