However, this scheme by HMRC is the latest target of cyber criminals as thy have started sending out emails to people claiming to be from HMRC soliciting their bank details. The subject line reads as “Your COVID-19 Relief Package” and the sender is written as HM Revenue & Customs.
But if you look at the email address it reads as firstname.lastname@example.org which is clearly very suspicious and unlikely to be from HMRC.
The text in the email reads as:
“Dear Customer, We wrote to you last week to help you prepare to make a claim through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. We are now writing to tell you how to access the Covid-19 relief.”
It is a shame that cyber criminals made HMRC’s COVID-19 relief the target of their latest scam playing on the vulnerabilities of people seeking to benefit from COVID-19 relief. People are advised to beware of such scams claiming their source as HMRC and not provide their bank details to anyone soliciting such personal details for the sake of their own safety.
Also, please keep in mind that that your respective accountant will access their or your secure gateway portal with HMRC and will be able to process this claim for you. Please share this information with people in your circle so that no one falls victim to this cybercrime.
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