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  • MP WARNS CONSTITUENTS TO STAY ALERT TO THREAT FROM ONLINE FRAUDSTERS

    Mel Stride

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride, who serves as a Government Minister in HM Treasury is warning his constituents not to fall victim to online fraudsters pretending to be from HMRC. Genuine organisations like banks and HMRC will never contact people out of the blue to ask for their PIN, password or bank details so he says people should never give out private information, download attachments, or click on links in emails and messages they weren’t expecting.


    Mr Stride said:


    “HMRC staff have worked tirelessly to get more than 20,000 malicious websites removed during the past year, up from 16,000 last year, and has reduced the number of spoofed phishing texts by 90% through the use of cutting edge technology. However, the public still needs to be very careful about not responding to suspicious emails and where possible report them to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. More information about how to avoid scams and recognise genuine HMRC contact can be found at www.gov.uk.”


    The most common type of scam is the ‘tax refund’ email and SMS. HMRC does not offer tax refunds by text message or by email.







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