HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is alerting taxpayers to a surge of fake ‘phishing’ emails sent out by fraudsters in the run-up to the tax credits renewal deadline. The email informs the recipient they are due a tax rebate, and provides a click-through link to a cloned replica of the HMRC website. The recipient is asked to provide their credit or debit card details. Fraudsters then try to take money from the account using the details provided. Victims risk having their bank accounts emptied and their personal details sold on to other organised criminal gangs.
Two brothers, who stole more than £1.6m through tax fraud and by stealing from their employees to finance their luxury lifestyles, have been jailed at Croydon Crown Court today for six years, following a complex investigation by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).
Haris and Adam Mukhtar, from Ilford, made £1.3m worth of fake VAT claims for various bogus companies, from chauffeuring to importing rice. Haris Mukhtar also told 200 of his own staff that £330,000 cash taken from their debit and credit cards was for national insurance and tax payments; Haris, described in court by the judge as “thoroughly dishonest” and “totally bent”, pocketed some of the cash for himself. HMRC specialist investigators prevented a further £320,000 being paid in other fraudulent VAT claims.
Source : COI
Five men and two women have been charged with conspiracy to launder the proceeds of crime, following a ten month investigation by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). They have been released on conditional bail to appear before Manchester Magistrates Court on 6 June 2011.
Codenamed Operation Enigma, the investigation culminated in raids across the North West, Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire on Wednesday (May 18) involving 250 HMRC criminal investigators and supported by local polices forces.
The seven charged yesterday evening at Oldham Police Station are: Mohammed Aslam Jalal, 71, of 28 Bolton Road, Rochdale, Lancs; Khalida Sheikh, 55, of 30 Bolton Road, Rochdale, Lancs, Nouman Tariq, 34, of 30 Ashley Close, Rochdale, Lancs
Aneela Sheikh, 31, of 30 Ashley Close, Rochdale, Lancs, Shafaqat Ali, 42, of 22 Emma Street, Rochdale, Lancs
Osmaan Rashid, 29, of 1/3 Ellercroft Avenue, Bradford, West Yorks, Jawad Ahmed, 42, of 8 Middlebrook Way, Bradford, West Yorks