Con artists blamed for bogus tax refund texts
INTERNET con artists have obtained the mobile telephone numbers of self-assessment taxpayers, Revenue officers believe, as they investigate two scams.
It follows a spate of incidents yesterday in which people received text messages telling them to go online to receive a refund.
However, the site is bogus and asks people to provide their bank account and other details for a refund.
"The text tells people they have overpaid their tax bill at the end of October and they are entitled to a refund," said a Revenue official in Donegal last night.
"We understand hundreds of people received this text and that a number of them have given their details to the bogus site which looks like an official Revenue site but isn't.
"We are warning people never to respond to a text message purporting to be from Revenue. We don't send out text messages."
The latest incidents were reported last night to Revenue headquarters in Dublin and follow a number of similar incidents of text messages in recent weeks.
The Revenue said a new email scam has also emerged. "The Revenue Commissioners have become aware of fraudulent emails purporting to come from Revenue seeking personal information from taxpayers in connection with a tax refund.
"These phishing emails are headed 'Claim Your Tax Refund Online' These emails did not issue from Revenue," said a spokesman.
"The Revenue Commissioners never send emails requiring customers to send personal information via email or pop-up windows."