I received an email yesterday from HM Revenue and Customs, advising me of a tax repayment of £385.50. There is an important lesson here. When pretending to be from HMRC, do not send your phishing lines to former HMRC employees. Especially those who know there is a specialist email address for the public to forward such emails to.

Any British readers who get an email purporting to notify of tax repayment should forward it to

Phishing@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk

its the .gsi.gov.uk that tells you its a real government address – GSI is Government Secure Interface. HMRC DOES NOT contact via email, due to the insecure nature.

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