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


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.