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Cyber crime team to tackle organised tax fraud

A new cyber crime team to tackle tax fraud by organised criminals more proactively was launched recently by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

The intention is that the newly-created specialist cyber crime team will protect the exchequer from attempted fraud by cyber criminals who are using increasingly sophisticated ways to target HMRC’s repayment systems. The team is designed to protect both HMRC and taxpayers from organised criminals and is a key element of HMRC’s Cyber Crime and Security Strategy.

It is expected that the new cyber team will provide HMRC with a better awareness of the nature of the threat by using specialist forensic tools to exploit intelligence.

“As more and more of HMRC’s systems move online, cyber criminals will look to exploit any opportunity to attack the repayment system,” said the Exchequer Secretary, David Gauke. “HMRC is getting ahead of the curve – taking forward what it is already doing in a better way. In the last year alone, customers reported over 200k bogus emails purporting to come from HMRC and, as a result, HMRC shut down close to 1,000 bogus websites.”


March 2012


  • Protecting consumers from scams and rip-offs (date added: 29 March 2012)
  • Shepherd and Wedderburn appoint new chief executive (date added: 27 March 2012)
  • Contract formation for the electronic age (date added: 26 March 2012)
  • Commission to boost protection for posted workers (date added: 23 March 2012)
  • Scotland Bill (date added: 22 March 2012)
  • Tightening up procurement (date added: 20 March 2012)
  • Views sought on dismissal rules (date added: 16 March 2012)
  • Cyber crime team to tackle organised tax fraud (date added: 14 March 2012)
  • Commission report on local voting rights (date added: 13 March 2012)
  • European Commission Consultation on lack of gender diversity (date added: 08 March 2012)
  • Call for 'greater clarity' in Land Registration Bill (date added: 07 March 2012)
  • Regulation of health care professionals (date added: 06 March 2012)
  • Offensive Behaviour Act now in force (date added: 02 March 2012)