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UK Taxpayers Shielded From 300 Million Phishing Attempts

by Jason Gorringe, Tax-News.com, London

06 December 2016


HM Revenue and Customs has said its efforts have resulted in a 300 million reduction in the number of phishing emails received by UK taxpayers.

The tax authority said that this was a "significant decrease" in the half a billion phishing emails sent to customers alleging to be from an '@HMRC.gov.uk' email address in both 2014 and 2015.

"By introducing a new level of security, we've been able to tackle these threats head-on and almost all attempts to scam taxpayers by pretending to be from an HMRC email address will now fall flat," said Ed Tucker, HMRC's Head of Cyber Security. "The added security this brings will be invaluable, especially at this time of year when many customers are busy using their online Personal Tax Account to submit their Self-Assessment returns."

HMRC said it made the improvement through using email authentication software that blocks fraudulent emails.

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