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Phish Don’t Swim…They Steal

Phishing has nothing to do with going out to the canal with your rods and bait. A recent memo from HMRC reminds us of that.

I’ve reported before on how innocent contractors are getting dodgy emails and texts from scammers who pretend to be from HMRC.

The official name for this scam is “phishing,” and according to HMRC there has been 1700 reports of it during the last 2 weeks.

What happens is that an email lands in your inbox or a text comes through on your phone. “We are from HMRC,” they say, “you have a tax refund,” is what they use to bait you.

Unfortunately, many contractors fall for the scam hook, line and sinker, and are reeled in by the promise of receiving a cheque in the post or deposit in their bank account. Who wouldn’t want a few hundred quid from HMRC? Most people would, and that is exactly why this phishing scam works so well.

HMRC and Action Fraud have just released a statement warning all self employed people about the need to be vigilant and aware.,

“HMRC will never use texts to tell you about a tax rebate or penalty or ever ask you for payment in this way,” they warned. “telephone numbers and text messages can easily be spoofed. You should never trust the number you see on your telephones display,” they went on to add.

Bizarrely, one way these phishers have been getting innocent contractors to hand over their cash is through Apple iTunes vouchers.

What they do is say that a large amount of tax is owed, but, it can only be paid off through vouchers for the iTunes store. Many people have fallen for it too, which just goes to show that scammers are becoming very convincing.

Another way they con you out of your money is by sending out emails that look like they are from HMRC and direct people to a website that appears to be “official” but isn’t.

Once on that website, innocent contractors put in their bank account details and other personal information, and then these con men and woman have a field day.

“Plenty of Phish,” is what I would say to all contractors and freelancers out there. Be careful.

Do you know what though? This could be easily avoided if you just hire a contractor accountant.

A good contractor accountant handles all of your tax affairs for you, and they know the difference between a phish and a fish.

No charlatan can fool these accountants, which means you can relax and not have to worry about being scammed.

Hire a contractor accountant right now, and make those phishers say “wow…better move on to the next person.” They won’t mess with you anymore.

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