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Monday, 17 April 2017

Bradford man warns people not to fall for scam after 'HMRC' fake rebate message

Bradford man warns people not to fall for scam after 'HMRC' fake rebate message
Bradford man warns people not to fall for scam after 'HMRC' fake rebate message


Bradford man warns people not to fall for scam after 'HMRC' fake rebate message

A BRADFORD pensioner is warning other people in the district to remain vigilant and not fall prey to a scam text scheme which targeted him.
Michael Dawkins, 70, from Fairweather Green, received a text message purporting to be from HM Revenue & Customs, telling him he was due a tax rebate.
The text read: “A tax rebate of £265.84 has been issued to you for an over-payment in the year 2016.”
There was then an internet link in the text message which took Mr Dawkins to a webpage with a series of boxes to fill, which the text said would “begin the refund process”.




On the webpage, the scam asked for personal details including name, address, date of birth, and bank card details, with a ‘submit’ button at the bottom.
Mr Dawkins said opening the link also put a virus on his phone.
He phoned HMRC about the text, who directed him towards the police and Action Fraud.
He said: “This is the first time it has happened to me but I know of a couple of other people who have received the same messages via email as well.





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