ECC Ireland warns consumers of tax refund scam
The European Consumer Centre in Ireland (ECC Ireland) is advising consumers to beware scam e-mails purporting to be from the Revenue Commissioners. A series of fraudulent messages sent out over the past few weeks claim to inform the recipient that he or she is owed a significant sum of money as a tax refund. The messages include a link to a webpage purporting to be that of “Irish Tax and Customs” and ask that the recipient fill out their personal information on this page so as to avail of the refund.
ECC Ireland advises consumers to delete any such e-mails and not to click on any links therein. Such links can contain malware or viruses which allow scammers to gather personal details on the consumer and defraud them of money. Consumers should contact their local tax office in case of uncertainty, and remember that no government or financial institution would ask for sensitive data such as passwords, PIN or account numbers via e-mail. Anyone who feels they have been the victim of a scam should report the matter to the police immediately.
For more information on how to protect yourself from scams online, please see our dedicated guide here, or contact our office on 01 8797 620.