I understand if getting an email that has any reference to taxes makes your heart stop, it's the easiest way to get my attention, that's for sure! But, really, would a tax authority send you a notice via email? Take a moment to look at the email below and see if you can pick out the red flags.
- It's sent to support@ - that's a role address, not a person. The support department does not owe taxes.
- There's nothing of value in the body of the message that indicates where it comes from. There's no "Dear taxpayer" or "Sincerely, HMRC" or "Regards, IRS"
- Virtual Density is a US corporation - there's no reason any taxing authority in the UK would send us this.
- The attachment is a .zip file. All types of malicious things can be transported in a .zip file and so, never, never, never open one without knowing it's origin.
Remember! You are your own best defense against spam, malware and phishing scams. Take a moment to read the email before you click on an attachment or link and NEVER, ever, EVER click on something if you're not absolutely sure or it's origin!