Revenue Commissioners warns taxpayers about phishing emails

17 Dec 2013166 Views

Ireland’s Revenue Commissioners is warning taxpayers about fraudulent emails claiming to be from the Government agency that seek personal information regarding a tax refund.

The phishing emails – fake emails to trick people into revealing personal or financial information – bear the subject line ‘Claim Your Tax Refund Online’ or ‘Tax Return For Year 2012’. These emails have not come from the Revenue Commissioners, the agency said.

"The Revenue Commissioners never send emails requiring customers to send personal information via email or pop-up windows," the agency said.

"Anyone who receives an email purporting to be from Revenue and suspects it to be fraudulent or a scam should simply delete it."

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Alternatively, such emails purporting to be from the Revenue Commissioners may be forwarded to webmaster@revenue.ie.

The agency advises anyone who has provided their personal information in response to the phishing emails to immediately contact their bank or credit card company.

Any taxpayer who is actually waiting for a tax refund should contact their local Revenue Office to check its status.

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Tina Costanza was a journalist and sub-editor at Silicon Republic

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