Warning of fake HMRC VAT email scam

Cyber criminals have been targeting UK taxpayers with fake VAT return messages claiming to come from HMRC which, when opened, could infect PCs with a Trojan virus and allow them to take over the victim’s computer, according to information security specialists Trustwave The firm says its research shows that on 6 September scammers launched a phishing attack using spoofed e-mail messages appearing to come from a HMRC support service domain and containing links to the JRAT malware disguised as a VAT return document. The scam email was sent using a registered HMRC-like domain (hmirc-gov.co.uk), which was registered on the same date and contained no web content at the time. The fake emails had… [Read more]

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