Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Record number of fake HMRC websites deactivated over past year

As fraudsters continue to target Britain’s micro business community, official figures reveal that a record number of fake HMRC websites were shut down in the last 12 months.

New figures from the tax office have shown that 20,750 malicious sites acting as HMRC were sent requests to be taken down since summer 2017 – an increase of 29% on the previous year.

During the 2017/18 financial year, HMRC responded to almost 1m phishing referrals. Since 2016 it has blocked almost half a billion phishing emails using HMRC in the “from” address.

New technology has contributed to the strong response to scammers, reducing phishing texts by 90%.

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