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COVID-19 Scam “Your request for a deferral of VAT payments due to coronavirus (COVID-19) has been rejected.”

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Please be aware that scammers are becoming more sophisticated with their COVID-19 scam emails. We recently received a query from a client with the following text:    

Dear customer,

Your request for a deferral of VAT payments due to coronavirus (COVID-19) has been rejected.

Summary of reject justification: “the claimant is in arrears”.

Please see the document attached for more details and a full report on your application.

We have also included the application you made in original. 

See the document attached for contact information regarding your case officer.

IMPORTANT: the password required to open the document is: vatpaymentshmrc

These emails tend to contain .zip files which are used by scammers to obtain your personal and bank details. 

HRMC update their guidance on the emails/communications they do send and also how to avoid scammers at the following address: https://www.gov.uk/report-suspicious-emails-websites-phishing/report-hmrc-phishing-emails-texts-and-phone-call-scams

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