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ALERT: New HMRC Scam Targets Uni Students

It seems these fake HMRC scammers (phishers) don’t give up. They keep reeling in victims, and this time its Uni Students who are the target.

Up and down the country, there are millions of uni students who are packing a bag and going home for the holidays. A break from the endless study, no doubt. A chance to kick back, relax, and have a few alcoholic drinks. A chance to relax.

In the midst of this is a simple letter. It looks official. There is the initials “HMRC” on the envelope. The Uni students opens it right up, and they quickly see the words…

“You Are Due a Tax Refund!”

That is like poetry to the eyes a uni student. They have been struggling financially all year long and now a chance to get a few thousand quid in their bank account.

So they don’t even question it.

“It’s official. It’s from HMRC,” they say.

Unfortunately, it is anything but official. It is very unofficial and downright wrong.

Yes it is the handy work of those fraudsters yet again. Regular readers of the Contractor Accountant Blog will be well aware of them by now.

What they are doing is sending out fake tax refund letters to uni students around the country, and then using this bait to get personal details, bank details, and to steal money.

The thing is…these fake HMRC are very clever in the way they setup the scam. It’s the small details that make all the difference.

For example, they use what appear to be genuine university email addresses to send out emails as a follow up to the letter, and they also send out texts to phones as a reminder. Everything looks totally legitimate.

And of course, the uni student is in the middle of getting ready to go back home for the holidays, so its easy to get caught up in the scam without giving it too much thought.

However, Christmas is not going to come early for any uni student that falls for the scam, and instead, they are going to become yet another victim to these scammers.

Here at CA we realise that many of these uni students are the future foundation of our contractor economy.

They are the future readers of the Contractor Accountant Blog, and the future customers of our recommended contractor accountants.

So if you are reading this…uni student…then our advice is hire a contractor accountant and let them deal with the HMRC and anything tax related. Our expert contractor accountants can spot a scam a mile off. You are safe with them.

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