Sidmouth tax scam warning

A SIDMOUTH man is warning people with e-mail accounts to beware of a tax scam. Dick Sidwell, 80, received an e-mail claiming to be sent from the Tax Credit Office Agent at HM Revenue & Customs based in Preston. It stated: After the last annual calculatio

A SIDMOUTH man is warning people with e-mail accounts to beware of a tax scam.

Dick Sidwell, 80, received an e-mail claiming to be sent from the Tax Credit Office Agent at HM Revenue & Customs based in Preston.

It stated: "After the last annual calculation of your fiscal activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund of �284.23 GBP."

It goes on to give a tax refund number and asks for the attached payment form to be sent back.


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Mr Sidwell, of Roselands, said: "I realised it was a scam straight away but it does look quite genuine.

"I wanted to warn other people in case they think it is real."

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Bob Gaiger, of HMRC South West, said this particular scam e-mail is well known: "We never e-mail people with details of tax rebates particularly if you are asking for bank account details."

Mr Gaiger advised people, if they received an e-mail they believe to be a scam, to report it to HMRC at www.hmrc.gov.uk. Information about scams which have already been reported to HMRC also appear on the website.

* Another common scam doing the rounds is the BT phone con, where cold-callers demand bill payments and threaten to cut people off. Sidmouth Police has received another report in recent weeks, in which over �200 was taken from a resident's bank account.

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