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Halton residents warned of tax scam
HALTON residents are being warned about a tax scam.
Halton Trading Standards is alerting people after a local resident received an e-mail purporting to be from HMRC, stating that he was owed £323 in tax and that he should complete an attached form with his personal details.
Fortunately, he suspected that it was a scam and checked it out with HMRC which confirmed that it DOES NOT use e-mail to contact people about being eligible for a repayment or to ask for personal information or payment.
If you have responded to an HMRC scam e-mail and have disclosed personal information (such as password/user ID), given credit/debit card information or have any reason to believe your computer has been exposed to a virus, you should forward a report to HMRC at firstname.lastname@example.org so that it can be looked into.
If you disclosed credit/debit card information you need to immediately report the matter to your bank/card issuer.
HMRC publicises details of current scams on its website: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/security/index.htm For general consumer advice ring the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 08454 04 05 06 or visit http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/
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