Fraudsters are targeting new students with a wave of scams including using fake university email addresses offering tax refunds, HMRC warns

  • Freshers at university are more likely to be taken in by scams, HMRC says
  • Fraudsters even set up fake university email addresses offering tax refunds 
  • More than 620,000 tax scam emails were reported to HMRC last year

Fraudsters are targeting new students with a wave of sophisticated scams, the taxman has warned.

Universities are being told freshers are ‘more likely to be taken in’ as they have little experience of the tax system. 

Using fake university email addresses offering tax refunds, despite most students not paying tax, criminals are able to steal money, set up direct debits or even take control of their computer.

Fraudsters are targeting new students with a wave of sophisticated scams, the taxman has warned. Universities are being told freshers are ‘more likely to be taken in’ [File photo]

More than 620,000 tax scam emails were reported to HMRC last year, up by 20,000 on the previous year. 

Jesse Norman, the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, said: ‘Cyber criminals use every means they can to steal money and personal data from students.

‘That’s why HMRC is asking universities to make sure students know how to protect themselves. 

‘HMRC is doing everything it can to clamp down on online fraud, but students and their families need to be vigilant, especially amid all the stresses of going to university.’

Using fake university email addresses offering tax refunds, despite most students not paying tax, criminals are able to steal money, set up direct debits or even take control of their computer [File photo]

 

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