How to identify bogus emails and contact from HM Revenue & Customs

Attached to a recent crime bulletin from Surrey Police volunteer Stephanie Edwards 20420 – Neighbourhood Watch Administrator [Contact telephone: 101 Ext. 31374], was a detailed list of examples of bogus emails, phishing emails, and contact, purporting to come from HM Revenue and Customs.

The handy guide – Phishing_emails_and_bogus_contact – provides the examples, and the first paragraphs from the document are,

If you think you may have received a HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) related phishing/bogus email, you can check it against the examples shown in this guide.

It will assist our investigations if you report all ‘HMRC related’ phishing emails to HMRC. Even if you receive the same/similar phishing email on multiple occasions, please forward it to phishing@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk and then delete it. Do not open any attachments or click on any links within the email, as they may contain malicious software.

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