Beware of SPAM emails claiming to be from HMRC
Prime Accountants Group is advising clients to be extra careful when opening SPAM emails.
Recently, we have been made aware that a client has received a SPAM email claiming to be from HMRC with the subject “VAT Return and Payment overdue”.
Although the body of the email may vary between recipients, it will often be very similar to the following:
“Our records show that you did not submit your VAT return and payment for period 02/17 by the deadline, which was 7th April 2017.
Please complete attached form and send it to us to avoid further action against you.
You must submit your VAT return and payment immediately. We will be actively monitoring your response.
You are now in the very small minority of businesses that have failed to file or pay on time.
If you don’t file and pay immediately, the law allows HMRC to take action to enforce payment.
Avoid paying late again by setting up a Direct Debit.
Senior Debt Manager”
Although this email may look legitimate, common errors to be aware of are typing errors, an ‘unfitting’ email address and when hovering over any buttons, you may find it would direct you to an unrelated website. This email is spam and by clicking any links contained within it you could be putting your system under threat. If you receive one of these emails, please delete it.
If an email arrives in your inbox and you are unsure of its authenticity, please feel free to forward this on to Prime’s IT Manager Nick Ballard at [email protected]