Hundreds of university students were targeted for fake tax refund emails to try to steal their banking and personal information, according to HM Revenue and Customs.
In the past few weeks, tax authorities have provided thousands of fraud reports. It was the first scam to directly target the university students in such high volumes.
Uses unlicensed university email addresses such as @ uc.ac.uk to avoid detection. In common with other tax schemes, a message has been sent to the recipient regarding the tax refund. In most cases, GOV.UK and the famous credit card have encouraged branding to authenticate these messages.
If you find yourself shy, click on a link to give their banking and personal details. Money was taken by money laundering after robbery.
In April-September this year, HRC had demanded that 7,500 out of these phishing sites be stopped. It was 5,200 applications in the same period in 2017.
The financial secretary of Treasury, Mel Streaid, said: "Tax refunds will never be announced via email, text or voicemail, and if you get one of these messages, it's a scam. [[email protected]].
"HMRC is short on internet scams, but criminals will stop doing anything to steal personal information and I encourage all students to know about phishing – that can save you a lot of money."
Action Froud Director Paulin Smith said: "False people will try to use mysterious fraudulent books to convince the victims to hand over their personal information, often causing disastrous consequences, which is important for students to avoid fraudulent emails by following the HMRC's advice.
HMRC has encouraged all universities to create awareness for scams. Many people are already alert to those who take risks.
The tax authority requests action to take awareness in the following Universities, even though institutions across the country are affected.
Manchester Metropolitan, Newcastle, Nottingham, Plymouth, Queen Mary (London), Queens (Belfast), Satampton, Sussex, University College London, Warwick.