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Monday, January 18, 2021

Tax Rebate Scam Targeting UK Banking Customers

An HM Revenue and Customs tax rebate scam has been targeting residents in the United Kingdom since last week via text messages, in a smishing campaign that employs different phishing domains and strategies, adding new domains every single day as the older ones get flagged by spam filters.

An HM Revenue and Customs tax rebate scam has been targeting residents in the United Kingdom since last week via text messages, in a smishing campaign that employs different phishing domains and strategies, adding new domains every single day as the older ones get flagged by spam filters.

The cybercriminals start the smishing scam with a text message that informs recipients that they are eligible for a tax rebate as they had already paid “emergency tax.” 

The criminals mimic the HM Revenue and Customs’ web interface in the most efficient manner, and that they managed to create entire online banking workflows into them.

The criminal network maintains entire sets of phishing sites mirrored from the official websites of some of the most important banks in the United Kingdom in order to target their customers.

The list includes HSBC UK, Citi, TSB, Metro Bank, the Royal Bank of Scotland, the Yorkshire Bank, Halifax, Barclays, NatWest, Clydesdale, Nationwide, Tesco Bank and even Santander.

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