Revenue and Customs investigates 'bogus P86' letters

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HM Revenue and Customs has warned British employers whose employees have worked overseas to be on their guard against bogus letters, purporting to be from the revenue department, which request the recipient's bank details.

The recipient is asked to return a completed form to "The Central Tax Unit, Kensington House, 33, Imperial Square, Cheltenham", according to reports.

But this is a "brass plate" address only, and letters are reported to have been forwarded to Lagos in Nigeria, in what is understood to be a variation of the Nigerian "419 fraud".

The Telegraph quoted Mike Warburton, tax partner at Grant Thornton, as saying: "They picked the top spot for a business to trade in Cheltenham. It sounds irreproachable."

Warburton, who visited the bogus address, added: "I was told by two very nice mi...

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