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HMRC are warning that once again, a bogus copy of their e-alert notifying employers about the next issue of their Employer Bulletin has been sent out containing false links say Harris & Co accountants Northampton

The criminals involved have used a database of emails (not an HMRC database) to circulate the phishing email as widely as possible. The phishing email built on the original wording in HMRC’s e-alert, removes the URL link to the HMRC website and replaces it with a zipped document containing a Trojan virus. Figures show that 20 cases have been reported so far.

It is the second time this has happened to the Employer Bulletin. HMRC had a similar scam earlier in January in relation to September’s Bulletin.

More details are available from CIOT.

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