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Clayton-le-Moors man warns over online banking scam

Lancashire Telegraph: Clayton-le-Moors man warns over online banking scam Clayton-le-Moors man warns over online banking scam

ONLINE bankers are being warned not to fall for a potential scam.

It comes after pensioner Stewart Clayton, from Clayton-le-Moors, received an email which appeared to be from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs asking him to click on a link and enter his details so a tax refund payment of more than £630 could be paid into his account.

Mr Clayton, 67, said he knew straight away the email was a scam because he is retired and no longer pays tax.

But the former long distance lorry driver, of Barnes Street, said he could see how easy it would be for someone to fall for the fraud.

He said: “The email looks really legitimate, but I deleted it straight away.

“A lot of people in this day and age, with money being so tight, might think it is really good they are receiving a rebate, but once they have signed in, cash could be withdrawn from your account.

“You have got to be so careful.”

Mr Clayton said he reported the email to HMRC and Trading Standards.

Advice on the HMRC website says they would never contact people online to tell them they were owed money.

A spokesman said: “HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) will never send notifications of a tax rebate or refund by email, or ask you to disclose personal or payment information by email.

“Do not visit the website contained within the email or disclose any personal or payment information.

“Do not open any attachments or click on any links within the email, as they may contain malicious software.

“Even if you receive the same or similar phishing email on multiple occasions, please forward it to phishing@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk and then delete it.”

To see a selection of fake email addresses used to distribute the tax rebate emails, visit www.hmrc.gov.uk/security

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5:46pm Sat 7 Jun 14

pwitch says...

I also had one of these recently and reported to HMRC so it is obviously going the rounds again.
I also had one of these recently and reported to HMRC so it is obviously going the rounds again. pwitch
  • Score: 36

8:18pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

Never ever click on any link, go directly to your bank using your browser, if they have a message for you view it in your account. The best advice I can give anyone is to use a password manager such as Keepass 2 you can store your passwords and the correct links to your chosen site, plus the data file that is stored is heavily encrypted much better than bits of paper etc lol also this program will generate random passwords of any length you choose for any new sites you are joining.
Never ever click on any link, go directly to your bank using your browser, if they have a message for you view it in your account. The best advice I can give anyone is to use a password manager such as Keepass 2 you can store your passwords and the correct links to your chosen site, plus the data file that is stored is heavily encrypted much better than bits of paper etc lol also this program will generate random passwords of any length you choose for any new sites you are joining. Michael@ClitheroeSince58
  • Score: 28

8:40pm Sat 7 Jun 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

Remember you can only scam a dishonest people, that is a fact.
Remember you can only scam a dishonest people, that is a fact. 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: -52

11:24pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Bernard Righton says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
Remember you can only scam a dishonest people, that is a fact.
What?
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: Remember you can only scam a dishonest people, that is a fact.[/p][/quote]What? Bernard Righton
  • Score: 36

7:06am Sun 8 Jun 14

Laura123 says...

I get these kind of email quite regularly, but I know not to follow the link. A) the letter starts as Dear Customer, not your actual name, B) since when do you ever give your email details to HMRC? Never. So just from these too I know its fake. But some dont simply realise. I get them from banks I dont have or ever had saying my account have been suspended. Know straight away these are scams too.
I get these kind of email quite regularly, but I know not to follow the link. A) the letter starts as Dear Customer, not your actual name, B) since when do you ever give your email details to HMRC? Never. So just from these too I know its fake. But some dont simply realise. I get them from banks I dont have or ever had saying my account have been suspended. Know straight away these are scams too. Laura123
  • Score: 30

7:58am Sun 8 Jun 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

Bernard Righton wrote:
2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
Remember you can only scam a dishonest people, that is a fact.
What?
What do you mean WHAT ?
Is quite simple :
To scam someone you have to make out that they are going to recive some financial gain that should not get. It's like hunting with bait the bait being the money. However when they don't get it they go cribbing about it to all and sundry.
Please, please please don't ask me to feel sorry for them
[quote][p][bold]Bernard Righton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: Remember you can only scam a dishonest people, that is a fact.[/p][/quote]What?[/p][/quote]What do you mean WHAT ? Is quite simple : To scam someone you have to make out that they are going to recive some financial gain that should not get. It's like hunting with bait the bait being the money. However when they don't get it they go cribbing about it to all and sundry. Please, please please don't ask me to feel sorry for them 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: -39

8:43am Sun 8 Jun 14

mys says...

For gods sake 2 for 5p keep your mouth shut with your comments,not everyone is a fraud as your implying,these scams are going around all the time and if you don't know about them it's easy for someone that's not aware to click on the links,some look very official at times and people especially the elderly that don't know what there doing on the internet need to know about these scams
For gods sake 2 for 5p keep your mouth shut with your comments,not everyone is a fraud as your implying,these scams are going around all the time and if you don't know about them it's easy for someone that's not aware to click on the links,some look very official at times and people especially the elderly that don't know what there doing on the internet need to know about these scams mys
  • Score: 45

2:09pm Sun 8 Jun 14

1066 hastings says...

pwitch wrote:
I also had one of these recently and reported to HMRC so it is obviously going the rounds again.
i had the same and it was tempting to receive a re-bate but sense prevailled
[quote][p][bold]pwitch[/bold] wrote: I also had one of these recently and reported to HMRC so it is obviously going the rounds again.[/p][/quote]i had the same and it was tempting to receive a re-bate but sense prevailled 1066 hastings
  • Score: 32

2:18pm Sun 8 Jun 14

dan8080 says...

I logged on and received 2500 good times
I logged on and received 2500 good times dan8080
  • Score: 29

8:00am Mon 9 Jun 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

mys wrote:
For gods sake 2 for 5p keep your mouth shut with your comments,not everyone is a fraud as your implying,these scams are going around all the time and if you don't know about them it's easy for someone that's not aware to click on the links,some look very official at times and people especially the elderly that don't know what there doing on the internet need to know about these scams
Okay I conseed I am partly wrong in saying it's just dishonest people who can get scammed, it's also greedy people. :-)
[quote][p][bold]mys[/bold] wrote: For gods sake 2 for 5p keep your mouth shut with your comments,not everyone is a fraud as your implying,these scams are going around all the time and if you don't know about them it's easy for someone that's not aware to click on the links,some look very official at times and people especially the elderly that don't know what there doing on the internet need to know about these scams[/p][/quote]Okay I conseed I am partly wrong in saying it's just dishonest people who can get scammed, it's also greedy people. :-) 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: -35

10:14am Mon 9 Jun 14

ste220 says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
mys wrote: For gods sake 2 for 5p keep your mouth shut with your comments,not everyone is a fraud as your implying,these scams are going around all the time and if you don't know about them it's easy for someone that's not aware to click on the links,some look very official at times and people especially the elderly that don't know what there doing on the internet need to know about these scams
Okay I conseed I am partly wrong in saying it's just dishonest people who can get scammed, it's also greedy people. :-)
proving you are a c@ck yet again.
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mys[/bold] wrote: For gods sake 2 for 5p keep your mouth shut with your comments,not everyone is a fraud as your implying,these scams are going around all the time and if you don't know about them it's easy for someone that's not aware to click on the links,some look very official at times and people especially the elderly that don't know what there doing on the internet need to know about these scams[/p][/quote]Okay I conseed I am partly wrong in saying it's just dishonest people who can get scammed, it's also greedy people. :-)[/p][/quote]proving you are a c@ck yet again. ste220
  • Score: 27

12:09pm Tue 10 Jun 14

ConcernedOssy says...

Problem is that when the internet is used and you agree to accept "cookies"in order to use the site, (Yes this situation is brought about in the main by so called free sites, you are left open to having Adware,Malware and in some instances,even Virus ware being dumped onto your hard drive (yes unfortunately even with LT !!) this remains there until it is removed (one of the cheapest & I think, best ways is to manually remove it by using the specialist program detailed below Fact is you don't get anything for nothing !! quite often your information being in the "Public Domain" is shared via "cookies" and can include your contact lists and your email addresses together with other additional personal information ( it is not illegal because you have given permission for the sites to use "cookies" One simple way to avoid many problems is to download a free program from Piriform called C Cleaner ( available for Windows and now Mac, which when used at the end of a browsing session clears your web cache of all the rubbish that these sites have dumped on you. Give it a try between each page you load in your browser and you will be amazed with the high volume of rubbish data that is deposited on your device especially if you haven't cleared your cache for a long period.
Problem is that when the internet is used and you agree to accept "cookies"in order to use the site, (Yes this situation is brought about in the main by so called free sites, you are left open to having Adware,Malware and in some instances,even Virus ware being dumped onto your hard drive (yes unfortunately even with LT !!) this remains there until it is removed (one of the cheapest & I think, best ways is to manually remove it by using the specialist program detailed below Fact is you don't get anything for nothing !! quite often your information being in the "Public Domain" is shared via "cookies" and can include your contact lists and your email addresses together with other additional personal information ( it is not illegal because you have given permission for the sites to use "cookies" One simple way to avoid many problems is to download a free program from Piriform called C Cleaner ( available for Windows and now Mac, which when used at the end of a browsing session clears your web cache of all the rubbish that these sites have dumped on you. Give it a try between each page you load in your browser and you will be amazed with the high volume of rubbish data that is deposited on your device especially if you haven't cleared your cache for a long period. ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 29

9:21pm Tue 10 Jun 14

ConcernedOssy says...

ConcernedOssy wrote:
Problem is that when the internet is used and you agree to accept "cookies"in order to use the site, (Yes this situation is brought about in the main by so called free sites, you are left open to having Adware,Malware and in some instances,even Virus ware being dumped onto your hard drive (yes unfortunately even with LT !!) this remains there until it is removed (one of the cheapest & I think, best ways is to manually remove it by using the specialist program detailed below Fact is you don't get anything for nothing !! quite often your information being in the "Public Domain" is shared via "cookies" and can include your contact lists and your email addresses together with other additional personal information ( it is not illegal because you have given permission for the sites to use "cookies" One simple way to avoid many problems is to download a free program from Piriform called C Cleaner ( available for Windows and now Mac, which when used at the end of a browsing session clears your web cache of all the rubbish that these sites have dumped on you. Give it a try between each page you load in your browser and you will be amazed with the high volume of rubbish data that is deposited on your device especially if you haven't cleared your cache for a long period.
I would add once you are aware of this don't let it put you off using any internet site. It is there to be enjoyed by all but with a little caution.
[quote][p][bold]ConcernedOssy[/bold] wrote: Problem is that when the internet is used and you agree to accept "cookies"in order to use the site, (Yes this situation is brought about in the main by so called free sites, you are left open to having Adware,Malware and in some instances,even Virus ware being dumped onto your hard drive (yes unfortunately even with LT !!) this remains there until it is removed (one of the cheapest & I think, best ways is to manually remove it by using the specialist program detailed below Fact is you don't get anything for nothing !! quite often your information being in the "Public Domain" is shared via "cookies" and can include your contact lists and your email addresses together with other additional personal information ( it is not illegal because you have given permission for the sites to use "cookies" One simple way to avoid many problems is to download a free program from Piriform called C Cleaner ( available for Windows and now Mac, which when used at the end of a browsing session clears your web cache of all the rubbish that these sites have dumped on you. Give it a try between each page you load in your browser and you will be amazed with the high volume of rubbish data that is deposited on your device especially if you haven't cleared your cache for a long period.[/p][/quote]I would add once you are aware of this don't let it put you off using any internet site. It is there to be enjoyed by all but with a little caution. ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 19

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