Warning: Tax Refund Scam – Dear Tax Payer

PostOffice Tax Refund scam

If you see a page like this via an email, it is a phishing scam. Find out more below:

PostOffice Tax Refund scam
THIS IS A SCAM. DO NOT COMPLETE THIS FORM.

Just over 2 weeks ago many people filed their annual tax returns and made their payment to the tax office. All seemed well, apart from having to pay so much tax!

Today some received the following email:

From: [email protected]

Dear Taxpayer,
After the last annual calculations of your fiscal activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund of 325.65 GBP.

Please submit the tax refund request and allow us 2-3 days in order to process it.

To access your tax refund, please follow the steps below:

– download the Tax Refund Form attached to this email
– open it in a browser
– follow the instructions on your screen

A refund can be delayed for a variety of reasons. For example submitting invalid records or applying after the deadline.

1 attachment: PostOffice.html

This is a phishing scam. The html file is not the Post Office, but when you enter your information it will send you banking details to the scammers. You will never receive a refund!

The final paragraph says “refund can be delayed for a variety of reasons” – no, refund is delayed for one reason – its a scam.

Bin that email.

If you take a look at the website http://postofficetax.co.uk/ it says:

“This site has been temporarily disabled, please try again later.”

Hopefully the police / anti-fraud departments have already worked with the web hosts (the people who hosted the website) to take it offline. However, the form will still work as you are asked to download it.

Whois postofficetax.co.uk?

Domain name:
postofficetax.co.uk

Registrant:
Edward William Randall

Registrant type:
UK Individual

Registrant’s address:
17 Bridgeport Place
London
E1W 2JS
United Kingdom

Registrar:
One.com A/S t/a One.com A/S [Tag = TJNF-DK]
URL: http://www.one.com

Relevant dates:
Registered on: 23-Jan-2013
Expiry date: 23-Jan-2015
Last updated: 23-Jan-2013

Registration status:
Registered until expiry date.

Name servers:
ns01.one.com
ns02.one.com

Source: http://whois.domaintools.com/postofficetax.co.uk

Note: The name on the domain registry may not be in anyway related to the real owner. What is important to note is that this is a residential address in London. The Post Office (www.postoffice.co.uk) is registered to:

Domain name:
postoffice.co.uk

Registrant:
Post Office Limited

Registrant type:
UK Limited Company, (Company number: 2154540)

Registrant’s address:
148 Old Street
London
EC1V 9HQ
United Kingdom

Registrar:
Melbourne IT DBS Group AB t/a CPA [Tag = CPASUPPORT]
URL: (no longer active)

Relevant dates:
Registered on: before Aug-1996
Expiry date: 03-Sep-2014
Last updated: 06-Aug-2012

Registration status:
Registered until expiry date.

Name servers: dns1.consignia.com dns2.consignia.com ns1.bt.net

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