Your VAT return and payment of the VAT

I had to laugh when I saw this piece of fiction.  I don’t have nineteen thousand pounds in my bank account, so they could have more than a little trouble debiting it from my “bank’s account”.

I suspect the attached file might contain malicious code – certainly my laptop refused to open it.

Look at the email address this was sent from ( – not the government email address it claims to come from. was registered in October 2016 – it claims to be registered to Panama and is hosted on Russian servers.

From: <>

Date: 22 November 2016
VAT Registration Number *** **** 77

Period ref: 09 16

Your VAT return and payment of the VAT due period 1 July 2016 to 30 September 2016 was not sent in on time.

By law you must submit your VAT return and make sure that payment has cleared to HRMC’s bank account by the due date.

Because of this we have assessed the VAT due as GBP 19,842.56 and this will be debited from your bank’s account on 25 November 2016.

For more information and how to pay us please see attached statement.