Fraudsters replicate Revenue email to target bank accounts
Published 23/05/2011 | 05:00
SOPHISTICATED fraudsters have managed to recreate the taxman's 'revenue.ie' email address so they can use it to con people into sending on their bank account details.
The emails were picked up by the Irish Fraud Bureau in recent days and have been notified to the Revenue Commissioners.
The correspondence was sent in the Irish language with English translation.
Recipients were told they were entitled to a refund of €361.43 and should click on a link and fill in their bank details to claim it.
James Treacy, who heads up the Irish Fraud Bureau's parent company Business Pro, says the sender can then use the information for identify theft or other kinds of fraud.
The latest scam is the first known example of fraudsters being able to replicate an @revenue.ie email address.
Mr Treacy said his team was able to set up a similar address within minutes following "simple steps".