December 6, 2022


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Hackers exploit HMRC Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme with phishing email scam

A phishing email scam is already being used to target business owners applying for the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Cyber criminals are exploiting the aid package with a highly realistic bogus email, purporting to be from HMRC.

The email, revealed today by the Lanop Accountancy Group, is targeting business owners using official HMRC branding and purports to be from ‘Jim Harra, First Permanent Secretary and Chief Executive of HMRC’. Around 50 business owners have so far reported receiving the suspicious emails to Lanop after noticing the email was sent via an obviously dubious address, despite its user title being ‘HM Revenue & Customs’.

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