People Warned To Keep An Eye Out For Email and SMS Scam

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THE Revenue Commissioners issued a warning yesterday to the public to be aware of an email scam doing the rounds.

Various reports have been received that Tralee people have been getting these emails and the public is being urged not to give out any personal information.

“This week the Revenue Commissioners have become aware of fraudulent emails and SMS (text messages) purporting to come from Revenue seeking personal information from taxpayers in connection with a tax refund or seeking credit/debit card details,” read a release from the Revenue.

“These emails and text messages did not issue from Revenue. The Revenue Commissioners never sends emails or text messages requiring customers to send personal information via email, text or pop-up windows,” say Revenue Commissioners.

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Anyone who receives an email or text message purporting to be from Revenue and suspects it to be fraudulent or a scam is advised to delete it. Anyone who is actually awaiting a tax refund should contact their local Revenue Office to check its status.

If you provided personal information in response to a fraudulent email or text message, the advice is to contact your bank or credit card company immediately.

The scam email looks legitimate  as it’s address is, but it likely sent to trick people into revealing personal information.

If you click on the link, you will be taken to a fake web page, which will try to trick you into entering personal information such as a PIN, password, PPSN or bank account information to claim a tax refund.

This information may be used to apply for credit card in the person’s name, or write cheques from their bank account. For further information, visit the Revenue’s Security page.

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