Saturday 25 March 2017

Revenue issues warning over email scam offering tax refund

Cybercrime
Cybercrime
Sarah Stack

Sarah Stack

Taxpayers are being targeted in an online scam which claims to refund tax.

Revenue Commissioners said they are aware of fraudulent e-mails purporting to come from Revenue in circulation and warned customers not to reply to them.

A spokeswoman said the messages contain links to  websites seeking personal information in connection with tax refunds.

"These emails did not issue from Revenue. They in no way involve our systems and security," she said.

"These 'phishing' scams have become common of late with banks and other organisations like ourselves being used to attempt to defraud innocent people."

Revenue said that it never sends emails requiring customers to send personal information via email,  pop-up windows or unsolicited text messages.

"Our advice for customers who have sent information is to contact their bank or financial institution immediately," she added.

 Anyone who is actually awaiting a tax refund should contact their local Revenue Office to check its status.

Sample of fake email from Revenue
Sample of fake email from Revenue

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