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Dubious websites closed by HMRC
09 October 2017
Since January this year HMRC’s cyber security team has taken control of 75 ‘dubious’ websites by challenging their ownership. This meant any members of public trying to access these sites are now redirected to HMRC’s gov.uk pages where the genuine numbers are!
HMRC has estimated that it has averted over a million visits to deceptive websites, including those, which promote misleading and costly helpline numbers.
When someone searches online for HMRC’s phone numbers or digital services they can be directed to other websites.
Some of these promote premium rate, non-HMRC numbers as a means of reaching the department.
These are in fact call forwarding services which connect callers to HMRC, but at a hefty price, despite HMRC’s own 0300 numbers being free or charged at the national landline rate. In other cases, sites charge for forwarding information to HMRC, which can be provided free of charge through gov.uk.
As well as taking over ownership of sites HMRC is also combatting other types of scams. This includes requesting the removal of over 20,000 malicious websites in the last year.
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