Friday 20 October 2017

Revenue issues warning against text messaging scam

Text asked for banking details

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Sam Griffin

THE Revenue Commissioner has warned of a text messaging scam that asks tax payers to provide financial information to avail of a tax refund.

Anyone who handed over payment card information after receiving a fraudulent text from a number purporting to be the Revenue is asked to contact their bank or credit card holder immediately.

Revenue warned about the scam some days ago but reiterated their warning today.

Revenue said they became aware of the fraudulent text messages after several members of the public reported the issue.

However they say they do not know how many people had received the texts or if anyone’s personal information has been obtained through the scam.

The text included a link to a website where tax payers were asked to submit their personal and banking information to avail of the tax refund.

The Revenue Commissioners have warned they never send unsolicited text messages.

A spokesperson for the Office of the Data Protection said they are not investigating as, unlike the recent Loyaltybuild scam, personal information held by a company has not been leaked in this case but rather individuals have offered their own details.

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