FAKE Emails

Fake HMRC emails

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Has a couple of fake emails purportedly from HMRC regarding Agnebnt Srervices Accounts telling people they needed to confirm their credentials or account would be shut down.

Reported to HMRC phishing team and they confirmed it is fake. Very impressed, responded withing a couple of hours, praise where it's due.

Office 365 also picked up and removed it too.

This is what it said:

Important notice · making things easy for you

 

Dear valued customer,

We are delighted to share with you the advantages of utilizing the HMRC Agent Services Account for the seamless management of your clients' VAT affairs online. The Agent Services Account provides a user-friendly platform to efficiently handle a range of tasks.

Below, you'll find an overview of key features and services accessible through the Agent Services Account:

  • Change business name for companies
  • Change principal place of business
  • Change VAT Return dates
  • De-register from VAT
  • View and print VAT certificate
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View and print VAT Return
  • Annual accounting — leave via stagger change
  • Change and add business phone numbers (mobile and landline)
  • Re-sign up
  • Change or add trading name

Please note that some services are unavailable through the Agent Services Account and require contacting HMRC by phone. These include:

  • Change or add an email address
  • Change repayment bank account
  • Change contact preference (email or paper)
  • Request verification of an unverified email address
  • View payments and liabilities

For more detailed information, you can visit the HMRC Services for Tax Agents page on GOV.UK.

Thank you for considering the convenience and efficiency of the HMRC Agent Services Account for managing your clients' VAT affairs.

To prevent deactivation of your account and ensure the accuracy of your contact details, please complete the required steps by clicking the button below or scanning the QR code before May 27.

Fill Information Now
 

 

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By lionofludesch
23rd Apr 2024 18:09

Dear Valued Customer?

That's a giveaway. They may think I'm a customer but they certainly don't value me.

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By DKB-Sheffield
23rd Apr 2024 18:22

lionofludesch wrote:

Dear Valued Customer?

That's a giveaway. They may think I'm a customer but they certainly don't value me.

Having said that... if the scammers have a 'user-friendly platform' that can seemlessly manage client VAT affairs... I'm considering taking my custom there!

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By lionofludesch
23rd Apr 2024 19:08

DKB-Sheffield wrote:

lionofludesch wrote:

Dear Valued Customer?

That's a giveaway. They may think I'm a customer but they certainly don't value me.

Having said that... if the scammers have a 'user-friendly platform' that can seemlessly manage client VAT affairs... I'm considering taking my custom there!

[chucķle]

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By D V Fields
23rd Apr 2024 19:17

Thanks for the info. What was the sending email address?
Dave

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By Leywood
23rd Apr 2024 19:28

The bad English and spellings are a giveaway.

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By FactChecker
23rd Apr 2024 19:47

Possibly not a good idea (in the copy'n'paste of the fake email contents) to include the bits with the embedded URL to a non-HMRC site - as in:
"you can visit the HMRC Services for Tax Agents page on GOV.UK"
and
"Fill Information Now"

BTW does anyone know what "leave via stagger change" means?

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By DKB-Sheffield
23rd Apr 2024 20:26

FactChecker wrote:

BTW does anyone know what "leave via stagger change" means?

You could ask MDTP?

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By SteveHa
24th Apr 2024 12:51

Quote:
utilizing

That would have flagged it for me.

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