Over the last few days we have received a number of emails purporting to be from HMRC, with a subject similar to: Unsuccessful submission for Reference 039-QV73259

The email asks you to click on a link to view your submission, but the it actually takes you to a malware laden website.

This easiest way to spot a scam is to hover your mouse over the link and it will display where the link will take you to:

In this example, it is going to a website that is clearly not HMRC!

If you receive this or any other similar emails, do not click the links or open any attachments.

Here is the full text from this example email:

Unsuccessful submission for Reference 039-QV73259

The submission for reference 039-QV73259 was successfully received but unfortunately failed HM Revenue & Customs data checks and could not be accepted.

Please use the link below to view your submission, correct it and send again.

View submission for reference 039-QV73259

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