HMRC COVID-19 tax relief scam targets business owners

Business owners in the UK have been targetted by a phishing scam which captured sensitive information, such as passwords and payment details. The scam impersonated Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), as reported by accountancy firm Lanop Outsourcing.

Business owners were targetted through emails supposedly from HMRC which claimed that the recipient’s VAT deferral application had been rejected. This was in relation to the UK government’s initiative which allowed struggling business to defect VAT payments from March and June 2020 until March 31 2021 as a result of COVID-19. So far 100 business owners have reported receiving the scam. This is just one of the many phishing scams related to the government’s financial initiatives related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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