Tuesday 20 February 2018

Revenue-branded email tricking Irish taxpayers with promise of refund

Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

A convincing email phishing scam has been catching Irish taxpayers with the promise of a tax refund due to overpayment.

The emails feature the Revenue.ie branding and claim the owner of the email is due a ‘refund’ due to a tax ‘overpayment’.

When the user clicks-through to the ‘account set-up’ page, these pages feature a ‘return to Revenue.ie’ link which returns the user to the Revenue.ie homepage.

The scam in question has been in operation for some time. The first emails were circulated last October and the most recent last Monday.

Independent.ie reporter Clare Cullen created the 'Tax Gateway' account in October. Two weeks later a fraudulent transaction for almost €300 showed up on her bank statements.

The emails have resurfaced as recently as last Monday, when phone operators confirmed they were receiving several calls about the issue.

Speaking to Independent.ie, a Revenue.ie spokesperson said

"We are aware that there are fraudulent e-mails purporting to come from Revenue in circulation. 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."

"Revenue never send 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."

If you've been caught out by this scam, let us know at contact@independent.ie



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