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    HMRC e-mail scam

    If you get an e-mail from HMRC saying you are entitled to a tax rebate.... DO NOT open the zip file

    HMRC don't send e-mails, it's 100% a scam
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    Cheers Si.

    Generally don't ever open a .zip file from anyone except a close friend, preferably with a phone confirmation from them first.

    The same phishing scam comes in many guises with things like wedding invitations, UPS shipment docs, etc, etc....

    The .zip file will generally give the scamer access to your machine for various evil purposes.
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    Note that the "generic" for all this ***** is to be addressed to "Dear <blank" and not to "Dear Mr Smith" etc.

    Also, rubbish about "security", "account locked", "your recent order" etc etc and some random (not actually) number plus a "Please download this harmless <turd> and fill it in with your account details."

    Please consign promptly to the "Junk" folder.

    I also note that the "fine" Security Software we are expected to buy appears incapable of looking at the above as a "signature" and automatically flagging them. Seems pretty piss poor performance IMO.

    I wish I could send them a wedding invitation to "Somewhere in Afghanistan" with a note to "Please bring a gun or suitable stick" and then also invite, say, the local Apache det to the party...

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    Quote Originally Posted by long_range_rob View Post
    Generally don't ever open a .zip file from anyone except a close friend
    ^^ This.

    All these scams use the same MO... they send an executable file within a .ZIP file to try to sneak it past your antivirus/mail client which will normally block executable attachments.

    Any email pertaining to be official with a .ZIP file attached is 100% malware. No organisation would ever send you information in this manner.

    Alex

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    Had a text yesterday from TAX REBATE telling me I was owed 265.48 for 2015 and to tap in http://bit.ly/2dCrOHU to process it. As I haven't had to pay any tax for 7 years, it seemed strange, so I fowarded it to HMRC on 60599 and got a reply saying it was a scam. I suppose my PAYG phone would have been charged a certain amount if I had carried out the request.
    Last edited by JTO; 10-10-2016 at 16:25.

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    If you go on to proper HMRC website you can forward the scam emails to them and they investigate each one

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    Quote Originally Posted by rem284 View Post
    If you go on to proper HMRC website you can forward the scam emails to them and they investigate each one
    This was a text message, and you can forward those also, which I did.

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