‘Spoof’ email claiming to be from Norfolk County Council is a scam, warn watchdogs

Norfolk County Council headquarters in Norwich. Trading Standards officers have urged people not to

Norfolk County Council headquarters in Norwich. Trading Standards officers have urged people not to fall for a scam email claiming to have come from the council. Photo: Steve Adams - Credit: Archant

A 'spoof' Norfolk County Council email account is being used to try to con people out of cash, watchdogs have warned.

Norfolk Trading Standards says the scam email, purporting to be from a county council address, claims to be notification of a refund from Her Majesties Revenue & Customs.

The email states that 'HM Revenue & Customs has recalculate (sic) your annual fiscal activity' and you are 'eligible to receive a tax refund'. The email goes on to offer a link to 'claim your refund'.

A spokesman for Norfolk Trading Standards said: 'If you receive one of these messages it is a scam. Do not click on any links or open attachments.'

They said HMRC would never notify people of a tax rebate or offer of replayment by email.

And they stressed the county council has no connection to the emails and do not send emails on behalf of HMRC.

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