HMRC-linked phishing attacks appear on the web

A nasty phishing email has surfaced, trying to capitalise on the recent HMRC debacle, according by security firm McAfee.

The phishing missive, which has been sent to a number of UK-based emails, comes with a nice logo of the HMRC and tells the recipients that they are in line for a £215 tax refund.

The email then points the reader to a compromised website which looks and feels like the HMRC's own.

A phishing attack was expected to happen somewhere down the line after the details of more than 25 million child benefit claimants were lost by the HMRC.

But what is surprising is the fact that criminals have waited so long before launching such an attack and that it does not appear to have anything to do with the recent fiasco.

"This phishing attack has echoes of traditional get rich quick scams, preying on the desire to be compensated for the Government losing their data, but people must learn that there really is no such thing as free money," said Greg Day, a security analyst at McAfee.