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From time to time, we produce information for clients on a number of topical and important issues, some of which can be found below:

Fraudsters targeting the NHS with tax rebate scam - February 22, 2017
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Reports suggest that people working for the NHS are being targeted with elaborate ‘tax rebate scams’. Police crime watchdog Action Fraud has said that scammers are setting up bogus ‘tax rebate firms’ which “claim they offer services [that] can get a tax rebate on the victim’s behalf”. According to reports, scammers are setting up advertising … Continue reading Fraudsters targeting the NHS with tax rebate scam


HMRC is cracking down on cybercrime, but taxpayers should still keep eyes peeled for threats - January 23, 2017
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Recent reports suggest that HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has been remarkably successful in reducing the number of ‘phishing emails’ sent to taxpayers by fraudsters posing as the tax authority. However, Moore Thompson are reminding our clients to keep their eyes peeled for these common scams – many of which are likely to slip through … Continue reading HMRC is cracking down on cybercrime, but taxpayers should still keep eyes peeled for threats


“Sophisticated” bank transfer scams on the rise - December 20, 2016
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Moore Thompson are warning clients to be on the lookout for bank transfer scams, after a far-reaching study carried out by consumer magazine Which? revealed that people in the UK have collectively lost £5.5million as a result of such “sophisticated scams”. According to the magazine’s research, an increasing number of Britons are falling victim to … Continue reading “Sophisticated” bank transfer scams on the rise


Cybercrime has now reached record-breaking levels: Don’t be another victim - November 3, 2016
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Police crime watchdog Action Fraud has reported that cybercrime cost the UK economy a record-breaking £10.9billion in the 2015/16 financial year. The news comes shortly after the National Audit Office (NAO) warned British businesses that cybercrime is likely to rise among Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in coming years, as firms move towards online tax … Continue reading Cybercrime has now reached record-breaking levels: Don’t be another victim


HMRC releases new guidance on how to tell spam and genuine contact apart - October 13, 2016
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HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has updated its guidance on how to spot the differences between genuine HMRC digital contact and emails and text messages sent by opportunist scammers. The news comes shortly after UK crime watchdog Action Fraud reported an increase in so-called ‘phishing scams’ – emails sent out by hackers in an attempt … Continue reading HMRC releases new guidance on how to tell spam and genuine contact apart


Bogus British Gas emails on the rise - September 14, 2016
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Moore Thompson are urging clients to keep an eye out for fake British Gas utility bill emails – which have been on the rise since August, according to reports. Such emails, which adopt all-too-convincing British Gas branding, will sometimes claim that you owe your energy provider a suspiciously high sum. Worse still, many are rife … Continue reading Bogus British Gas emails on the rise


‘Conveyancing fraud’ on the rise - August 15, 2016
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Moore Thompson are warning clients to be wary of ‘conveyancing fraud’, which has been on the rise in recent months, according to reports. Crime watchdog Action Fraud has reported that an increasing number of criminals are targeting the residential property sector – by hacking into the email chains between sellers, buyers and conveyancers, and commandeering … Continue reading ‘Conveyancing fraud’ on the rise


Telephone threats made by bogus HMRC fraudsters - July 14, 2016
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Telephone scams involving fraudsters pretending to be from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) are on the rise – and they are no longer limited to just text messages and voicemails. Moore Thompson are urging clients to look be cautious of direct phone calls from anyone claiming to be an HMRC member of staff. The warning … Continue reading Telephone threats made by bogus HMRC fraudsters


Multi-platform iTunes gift card scam sees more fraudsters pose as HMRC - June 9, 2016
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Moore Thompson are warning clients that hundreds of thousands of people are falling victim to a new scam involving fraudsters posing as HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) officials. The multi-platform scam has been gaining notoriety in the UK in the form of text messages, voicemails and direct phone calls – urging taxpayers to pay off … Continue reading Multi-platform iTunes gift card scam sees more fraudsters pose as HMRC


Tax rebate text message scam spreads across Britain - May 13, 2016
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Moore Thompson Chartered Accountants are warning unsuspecting smartphone users to be on the lookout for a new text message scam which is fast spreading across the UK. The scam involves bogus text messages which claim to offer a ‘tax rebate’ to potential victims if they follow a suspicious link to a mock website. If clicked, … Continue reading Tax rebate text message scam spreads across Britain


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