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NEST scam emails

Warning – NEST scam emails

15 February 2017

 

Be aware that fraudsters are sending emails purporting to be from NEST saying that an amount (in excess of normal contributions) will be debited from the recipients account.

 

A comment on Accounting Web’s Any Answers has warned people about the phishing email sent out recently which claims to be from NEST. Apparently the email is an impressive fake with all the formatting and wording identical to a genuine message. One of the signs of a scam email is incorrect grammar and typos and this email apparently contained no errors.

 

The piece notes that NEST has confirmed that the messages are not genuine and should not be opened.

 

NEST’s Twitter timeline also confirms this and contains other reports of people receiving these emails.

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Meal Allowances

HMRC have introduced new allowance for meals whilst working away from the usual place of work.

Minimum journey travel time Maximum meal allowances

5 Hours £5

10 hours £10

15 hours £25

This must be to a temporary work place and any travel time under 5 hours, the employee are not entitled to the allowance

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Internet Security

Have you thought about what would happen if your computer broke or you were hacked?

Would you lose all the data on your computer ? It is worth taking a moment to check if you have adequate security and back up.

In the last month I have spoken to 2 clients who have had the same problem, that their computer system has been hacked, they are locked out and the hacker (based in South Africa we believe) has asked for a large ransom to unlock it.

In both cases they have not been able to restore their data. All the contents of their computer including sales information accounts information letters to clients emails etc have all been lost.

Do you back up your data regularly? Is this in a separate place to your computer?

Backing up the contents of your computer is very important. It has been my experience that computers do you have off days, accidents happen and there is certainly a lot of hackers happy to cause problems.. Your data may need re-imputing or worse still a new computer has to be purchased.

Back ups make life so much easier to restore the computer with an up to date backup

Prevention , Anti virus software, Cure, Regular backups, off site.

We advise to

– Check you have Internet security such as Norton anti-virus or similar.

– Check that it is up to date

– Check that you have downloaded Malwarebytes which is a free program

– Check that you have a backup system, either cloud or memory stick. If you choose to backup on your computer, take separate backups in a separate place such as cloud or on a memory stick. This way if you computer breaks down you back up has not gone with it.

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Marriage Allowance

If you are married/civil partnership and one partner earns under £11’000 and on earns between £11’001-£43’000 then you can transfer the lowest of the earners personal allowance to the highest earner.

This can reduce the higher earners tax bill up to £220 in the 15/16 tax year.

! Did you also know, you can back date the claim to 14/15 !

Apply here!

https://www.gov.uk/marriage-allowance/how-to-apply

 

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