DA warns of new scam involving English taxes

Published 1:37 am Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The Covington County District Attorney’s office is warning locals of a new scam involving the queen of England.

“As if it weren’t bad enough that these IRS scammers just won’t quit,” District Attorney Walt Merrell said. “Now, her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs agents from England are trying to issue tax refunds to local citizens.

“How do I know this is a scam,” Merrell said. “Because the fellow who sent it to me is certain he never earned income or paid taxes in England.”

The man received the following email:

“Pending Tax Refund

“We would like to notify you that you still have an outstanding tax refund of £265.84 from overpaid tax from year ending 2015, despite our previous letters regarding your refund we are yet to receive your claim. Requests for refunds are time limited please use the link below to complete your claim online also note the following:

• You have until the 31st of April 2016 to make your claim

• Reference No: 2015/94892324/U

• We can only process a refund for the tax year we have detailed above

Start Claim

We aim to send repayments within 2 weeks, but it may take longer in some cases. You should wait 4 weeks before contacting us about the payment.

HM Revenue and Customs”

“Don’t fall for this scam or any other,” Merrell said. “Remember, your bank or financial institution will never contact you and ask you for you account information, and you should never give it out. Protect yourself.”