Uni students targeted in tax scams
FRAUDSTERS are bombarding university students across the country with large numbers of fake tax refund emails, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is warning.
HMRC said it is the first time it has seen a tax scam attack directly targeting university students in such high volumes.
The tax authority has received thousands of fraud reports in just a few weeks from students at colleges across the UK. The scammers use seemingly legitimate university email addresses to appear convincing – such as “@uc.ac.uk”.
Fake emails may promise people they are owed some money in an attempt to obtain their personal information.
They may appear to suggest to students that their university has been informed that they are due a tax rebate from HMRC.
Fraudulent emails and texts will regularly include links which take students to websites where their information can be stolen.
Tax scams are targeting students at hundreds of universities, HMRC said. It said it is encouraging all universities to raise awareness of scams, and many have already started taking action to warn their students of the risks.
HMRC is encouraging students to be aware of the potential tax scams. It said it has had relatively high volumes of reports to its “phishing” service relating to the following universities: Aberdeen, Bristol, Cambridge, Durham, Imperial College London, King’s College London, Manchester Metropolitan, Newcastle, Nottingham, Plymouth, Queen Mary (London), Queen’s (Belfast), Southampton, Sussex, UCL and Warwick.