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I have just received an email from Ofgem,  saying to apply for a rebate.     I am a bit dubious because it mentions £250 on your Council Tax and I thought it was £150.   Looks genuine but dont they all.

Can someone put my mind at rest.



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I have reported to report@phishing.gov.uk,   I am not happy at all about it.   Having gone on the Government web site , none of it adds up.      



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Sounds wrong. The rebate is £150, and you only need to apply if you don't pay by DD. Assuming you are in bands A to D, of course. Already got mine!

Regards, Ray.

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M,

“Can someone put my mind at rest”

It’s quite simple, any unsolicited e-mail purporting to be giving you something or doing you a favour, is a scam (and should have been automatically directed to your “spam” folder).

I got back from the boat late last night, my rubbish mail included:

“Ref_case : 3213381

We have reviewed your tax liability for the year Based on our calculation, you are eligible for a £978.00 tax refund.

For this reason, Be sure to complete your P080-R correctly, as any mistakes will take longer to process.

Find your attached P080-R instructions.

Sincerely,

HM Revenue & Customs”

The sender’s address is the giveaway: HM Revenue & Customs , and I didn't even bother to check what might or might not be attached,but I do appreciate that some might be fooled…

Peter

Edited to add that the sender's e-mail address was ALMOST identical to HMRC's, but NBF has deleted it and won't let me include it in this post

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Hi Peter.

Whilst I am sure you are right can I please ask what you found odd about the heading address?

Thanks
Graham

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Graham,

I’ve added a space between each letter to try to see if it posts, here goes: n o r e p l y at h m r . c o . u k

Peter

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Thanks Peter

I now fully understand, it's the lack of attention to detail that gets the whole scamming industry a bad name.

I pray it should ever be so.

Thanks again

Grahan

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That was the two things that flagged this up.  I already pay by DD and I have already received my £150.



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Luise / Peter wrote: "It’s quite simple, any unsolicited e-mail purporting to be giving you something or doing you a favour, is a scam".

Well, I recently received an unusual e-mail which might well be said to fall into that category, but which I believe is genuine.  Let me explain:  I have a current account with a bank which was a former building society.  They refer to me as a 'member' rather than a 'customer'.  As part of their profit-sharing, they have various 'member benefits', one of which is a monthy prize draw, where a few lucky people recieve some money (typically £100).  Of course, I thought 'That'll never be me'.  

But this week, out of the blue, I got an email which I am pretty certain really is from my bank, telling me that I am the lucky recipient of one of this month's prizes.  I have not yet got the money (that will take 21 days, apparantly, to allow me time to choose to give it to a charity of their choice, instead of receiving it).  

Here's why I think it is genuine:  1.  It does not ask me to do anything.  Not to click on a link to confirm I want it, or anything like that.  Not call a premium-rate phone number to wait in a queue at vast expence.  No, just do nothing, and they tell me the money will appear in my account.  2.  The e-mail contained information which only my bank would reasonably know (I'm not even going to say the nature of that information).

Maybe it really could be a case of 'Always look on the bright side of life'  Smile



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