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THIS savvy pensioner was a step ahead of scammers who tried to access his details through a fake tax email.
Former railway worker Ken Fuller, 80, received an email claiming to be from Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs, inviting him to claim a 'tax refund' of £469, following 'annual calculations of his fiscal activity'.
To claim his rebate, all he had to do was fill in the attached refund form and submit it by the following day.
Like most scams, it sounded too good to be true, and it was. Mr Fuller, of Grimsby, suspected all was not as it seemed, and called HMRC which confirmed it was a fake.
Ken, of Timberley Drive, said he wanted to warn others to be vigilant against such scam attempts, so people don't fall victim to their cons.
He said: "It came out of the blue. I was just checking my e-mails on my computer when I saw it had come through.
"It looked bona fide. It had the exact logo that you get on tax letters. But something about it wasn't right, I was immediately suspicious.
"I contacted HMRC the next morning and they asked me to send it to their 'phishing' email address, so they could take a look at it."
The tax office sent a reply confirming it would never contact people via email about being eligible for a repayment or to ask for personal information or payment.
According to consumer site Money Saving Expert, clicking on the attached link risks uploading a virus to the person's computer.
Often, these are designed to steal your banking and other sensitive login details.
Figures show that during 2013, customers reported more than 91,000 phishing e-mails to HMRC.