From: HM Revenue & Customs [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: 05 September 2012 14:27
Subject: Tax Refund Alert - Action Required
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We identified an error in the calculation of your tax from the last payment, amounting to £ 859.00. In order for us to return the excess payment, we need to confirm a few extra details after which the funds will be credited to your specified bank account. Please click "Refund Me Now" below to claim your refund:
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We are here to ensure the correct tax is paid at the right time, whether this relates to payment of taxes received by the department or entitlement to benefits paid.
HM Revenue & Customs Refund Department
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HM Revenue and Customs are the UK tax collecting agency, so this is basically a tax refund. The link goes to a somewhat authentic looking page.
I won't bother pasting all the pictures here, but some of the pages are very good and a few don't work at all (e.g. Northern Rock, which doesn't really exist any more).
This is quite a clever approach. Normally a phishing email is a "one bank per phish" affair.. it's no use sending someone a Barclays phish if they're with HSBC. In this case pretty much all the major UK banks are covered in one email which is really quite sneaky..