Fraudsters go phishing

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TAXPAYERS in Northumberland have been warned that fraudsters are on the hunt for their details.

HM Revenue and Customs says that reports of fraudulent ‘phishing’ emails have shot up by more than 300 per cent in the last year and 24,000 were reported in August alone.

The messages provide a link to a cloned replica of the HMRC website and ask the recipient to provide their credit or debit card details, which are then used to raid their accounts. The details are also sold on to other criminal gangs.

Anyone who receives an email claiming to be from HMRC should send it to phishing@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk before deleting it permanently.