Tuesday 22 January 2019

Fraudsters hit Irish speakers in email scam

WARNING: Tax refund offer is fake

THE Revenue Commissioners have warned the public of a new email scam targeting Irish speakers.

Purporting to be from the Revenue, the bogus email tells recipients they are entitled to a tax refund of €284 and requests bank details.

The text is written in Irish, giving it an air of authenticity, but the public has been told not to be fooled.

"The Revenue Commissioners have today become aware of another fraudulent email purporting to come from Revenue seeking personal information from taxpayers in connection with a tax refund," a statement said.

The communication is described as a "phishing email" containing a link to a form, which seeks "personal information, including debit/credit card details".

The attachment mimics an official Revenue document.

"This email, which is the latest in a succession of scams targeting Irish taxpayers, did not issue from Revenue," the statement added.

It said it never sends "emails which require customers to send personal information via email or pop-up windows".

Members of the public are advised to delete emails they suspect "to be fraudulent or a scam".


And those who have "provided personal information" in response to the scam emails "should contact their bank or credit card company immediately".

Taxpayers have been regularly targeted by fraudsters seeking private details.

In a previous con, a scam email was sent as the October 31 tax deadline approached.

Again, it sought bank account information so that a supposed tax refund could be made.

Headed You Are Eligible To Receive A Tax Refund Of €320.50, it was accompanied by a credible website reproduction.

In another scam, the passport number and other details of at least one person were compromised last October following a fraudulent email purporting to be from the Revenue. It asked users to input personal details, including their passport number and expiry date.

Following a warning by the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Passport Office received a call from a person who had provided their details.

The individual was advised to get a new passport and their previous passport number was treated as stolen. Interpol was also alerted.

It is not clear who is behind the bogus emails but they all follow a similar pattern.


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