Irish Revenue Commissioners warn of new phishing and SMS scam

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The latest hoax emails even come in Irish, warns Revenue. Image: wk1003mike/Shutterstock

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The Office of the Irish Revenue Commissioners advises anyone who replied to an email from them to contact their bank or credit card company.

Fraudulent emails and SMS messages that purport to come from Revenue are asking users to update their personal information in connection with a tax refund.

The emails look convincing, using the Revenue website logo and colours.

‘Anyone who provided personal information in response to these fraudulent emails or text messages should contact their bank or credit card company immediately’
– REVENUE

The tax authority warned that emails are designed to obtain users’ personal data and enable fraudsters to steal from their bank or credit card accounts.

Revenue warns of phishing and smishing

“These emails and text messages did not issue from Revenue,” confirmed the Government body in a statement.

“The Revenue Commissioners never send emails or text messages requiring customers to send personal information via email, text or pop-up windows.”

Revenue said that anyone who receives an email or text message purporting to be from its agency, and suspects it to be fraudulent or a scam, should simply delete it.

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

“Anyone who provided personal information in response to these fraudulent emails or text messages should contact their bank or credit card company immediately.”

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