Recently, there have been a number of reports regarding a new phishing email scam that tricks users (mostly in the UK) into believing that the country’s government will pay them a tax rebate or a refund. The scam is widely-known as the HMRC scam/HMRC phishing e-mails scam. HRMC stands for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs and it is the UK government’s department responsible for tax collection. The hackers behind the HMRC phishing e-mails pretend to be/try to impersonate the HMRC department within their e-mails and tell the users that they are eligible for a tax rebate/refund and that they are supposed to click on a provided link in order to receive the rebate or refund. The provided link is, of course, not what it is said to be. We can’t tell you for sure what the linked address would be but it is most certainly something unsafe and hazardous and not an actual link from the HMRC department that would allow you to get your tax refund. In fact, this scam might be used for different purposes – for malware distribution, for money theft, for promoting unsafe or low-quality software, etc. However, in all of the cases, the scam works the same way – an phishing e-mail gets send to you and you are supposed to click on the attached link which will most certainly land you on some sketchy and most likely phishing webpage. Interacting with the link or with the page it may land you on is highly inadvisable as it could seriously compromise your virtual security and expose your computer to serious danger.
Something really important to note here is that if you have been targeted by the HMRC phishing e-mails, then you might actually have a Trojan Horse virus on your PC which is why we have added the following removal guide for Trojans that you can use in order to clean your PC of such malware.
More about the Trojan used in the HMRC scam
As said above, the scam method could be used for different agendas yet its mechanism of operation remains the same. However, the fact that you have been targeted by those phishing e-mails might mean that there had already been some malicious software inside your computer. Oftentimes, Trojan viruses are used to facilitate such phishing e-mail scam schemes and that is why it is a good idea to scan your computer for Trojans and other malware threats with your antivirus program. Also, as we mentioned above, the guide from this page has been designed to help you locate the virus that might have been used to help the hackers target you with their phishing e-mails so, if you are one of the many users that have received such sketchy web letters, we advise you to take immediate action towards cleaning your computer from any potential threats that might currently be residing in its system. Until then, do not forget what we told you about the e-mails – they are fake and supposed to compromise your virtual security in one way or another. The official site of the UK government has even stated that they’d never sent such e-mails to anyone and there’s even a separate page on that site where you can learn more about the scam from the UK government itself. Here is a link to that page.
Remove HMRC Phishing E-mail Scam
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You can find the removal guide here.