To the untrained eye, the official-looking Gov.uk logo, typeface and format is convincing enough to fool a self-employed trader to hand over their details in return for an SEISS grant. But this is a new phishing scam that’s masquerading as an SEISS notification to trip-up desperate traders eagerly awaiting the latest grant.
What does the email say?
The email with the subject line ‘HMRC SEISS Tax Refund Notification’ alerts the recipient that claims for the SEISS grant have now opened for application and directs them to sign in to ‘HMRC online services’.
As reported on AccountingWEB, the window to claim the fourth grant will open in “late April”. However, the scam email states “the date for submitting application for the Fourth SEISS grant start 22 April 2021 (sic)”.
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