Watch out: Tax scam doing the rounds in Cookstown

Scam tax refund email recently reported to police
Scam tax refund email recently reported to police
  • Don’t open emails from people you don’t know or if you don’t what they are about
  • Be cautious of attachments as they could contain computer damaging viruses
  • If you come across a scam report it to Action Fraud
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Cookstown PSNI has issued a warning to residents about a scam tax email that has been brought to their attention.

The email contained the promise of a tax rebate and was seemingly sent by HMRC.

“Thankfully the intended victim was suspicious of it,” police said, “and forwarded the email to HMRC who confirmed it was a scam.”

The force, however, is advising people not to open emails unless they are from someone they know or they know what it is.

It has also suggested caution in relation to attachments as they could contain damaging viruses.

“We’ve received another report of a scam email doing the rounds,” PSNI Cookstown said on its Facebook page.

“A lot of companies have email addresses that you can forward such emails to - check out their website for details,” it added.

“Please also consider reporting it to Action Fraud to help them tackle cyber crime: https://reportlite.actionfraud.police.uk/,” they added.

Please spread the word to help prevent someone becoming a victim of this scam.