Posts tagged ‘spam’

Spam Warning – HMRC – Notice of Underreported Income

Well I’ve finally been getting in some new spam and of course coming up to the self assesment time they are at it again – grrr those spammers.

So in this one (see spam email at the bottom) just look at the reference number, guaranteed you won’t have that on any of your official tax documents.

The link also goes to a completely different site from the inland revenue you can tell that because their web address is  and they have… if you hover over the link you’ll see this address show up.

Basically after the first two slashes in the http:// the very next slash you see signifies the end of the actual domain name. so in this case the part is taking you to a completely unrealated domain name to the …… part.

Also in this case they got my name from my email address, which most people have, so that’s why it seems like it’s personalised (generally spam email isn’t personalised), so if you have a strange ID to your email this should look even more suspicious.

HMRC will very rarely email you, most of these issues will be dealt with via a letter in the post or a phone call, so if you get any emails verify it by calling up the revenue just to be sure.


Taxpayer ID: alan-00000217490017UK
Issue: Unreported/Underreported Income (Fraud Application)

Please review your tax statement on HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) website (click on the link below):

review tax statement for taxpayer id: alan-00000217490017UK

HM Revenue and Customs


Spam Warning – You have 1 security alert

Ok so this one is for Abbey customers. Like the others this is a simple one to spot, First they use the typical default introduction ‘Dear Valued Customer’ any back emailing you would use your name or a reference number that you can easily check with.

Second if you hover over the link you will very quickly see that the beginning of the link doesn’t even correspond with abbeys own web address ‘’ They do however in the next bit have the abbey address in there, to hopefully fool you, but it’s the first part that is important. Just think of a house address you can’t put 123 my street, Glasgow, then have 456 the fake street, Glasgow and expect the mail company to send it to the second part of the address and not the first, it just wouldn’t happen.

Finally the content is telling you there has been a mismatch of your details, if you haven’t accessed the account in the last few days then it’s very unlikely it’s you and anyway the golden rule of any email telling you there is a problem with your online account is to log into the account manually like you normally would and it will either prove you still get access because you’ve just logged in or the system will tell you there is a problem and that you need to call a specific telephone number.

Abbey Spam Email

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Spam Good News – Nigerian “Scam Police” Shut Down 800 Web Sites

It’s not often that you get to read good news about spam, but here is a link to some information about a Nigerian spam ring that has been finally shut down!