Brit expats target of 'tax' scam for bank details

25th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

25 April 2005, PARIS - British expats are the target of an elaborate scam by Nigerian-based fraudsters seeking to access their bank account through bogus UK tax forms demanding personal financial details.

25 April 2005

PARIS - British expats are the target of an elaborate scam by Nigerian-based fraudsters seeking to access their bank account through bogus UK tax forms demanding personal financial details.

Unsuspecting Britons living abroad have been sent the forms stamped with a logo of Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs demanding personal information which they are asked to return to an address given as 'Kensington House, 33, Imperial Square, Cheltenham'.

The fraudulent forms purport to be a P86 addressed to employees "not ordinarily" resident in Britain.

UK Revenue and Customs' deputy director Shirley Davies has contacted several of the UK's largest accountancy firms as well as multinational companies to warn them of the scam, the BBC reported.

The logo and address, including the phone and fax numbers printed on the form are all false. The Cheltenham address corresponds with a nameplate office only, from where returned forms were forwarded on to another address in the Nigerian capital Lagos.

Forms returned to the Cheltenham address are now being collected by police investigating the scam.

Mike Warburton, a Cheltenham-based tax accountant who visited the bogus address, told the BBC he had examined a copy of one of the forms, sent to a BP employee working in Abu Dhabi, and said it had a very "plausible" presentation.

 

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