Internet users all over the world are facing cyber scams that can be potential enough to make them bankrupt. This threat often comes as a link in the email inbox, or a text message that asks you to open a link to get a particular benefit. Most of these links come camouflaged as a part and parcel of the HM Revenue and Customs department.
Most of the times, the people get emails that deal with the following issues:
- Tax Rebate Or Penalty: This is one aspect that you need to be careful of. You may be a defaulter in tax payment, and think that the tax department authorities have sent you the mail. In reality, the HMRC never sends theses sort of mails to the people. These are actually phishing links that are used to get hold of your email account and other accounts thereafter. So, if you happen o get such emails, you should never reply back. The third party fraudsters are adept in tracking your email id and hacking it, so you need to be extremely careful. If you have already paid the tax, you will definitely realize that this is a fraud. However, if you have not paid the tax, you may consider it as a reminder. But this can land you in trouble. The best option is to ignore the mail or simply delete it.
- Rebates: One fine day, you may feel happy to receive a mail that offers you a rebate or discount on the taxes. However, you need to keep in mind that the authorities never offer discounts through emails. You just need to report the mail and prevent the user to send you additional mails in the long run.
- Personal Information: Sometimes people find emails in their inboxes that ask or personal information. These may include confidential information related to bank account number, card number and so on. You must be careful not to disclose the information at any cost. These emails are used by scammers in order to know your personal information and ten use this information for other malicious purposes.
Apart from these, the scammers can also ask for visa information. When you disclose the same, they use it to create fake documents that bear your name and number. At the end of the day, you will end up landing up in a fraud circle and face legal hassles.
There may also be emails related to money transfer and online payment. You just have to keep in mind that HMRC does not send any mail to the people who ask for personal information or payments. At the end of the day, it is your responsibility to stay safe. There are some specific numbers to call if you receive these mails. You need to inform the legal authorities about the emails when you receive them. In case you face any trouble in the long run related to this issue, you will remain on the safe side. So, be careful when you receive these emails.