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REVENUE EMAIL SCAM

The Revenue Commissioners have today (20/10/2010) become aware of another fraudulent email purporting to come from Revenue seeking personal information from taxpayers in connection with a tax refund. This phishing email is headed “You are eligible to receive a tax refund” and advises recipients that “After the last calculation of your fiscal activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund of 286.00 EUR”. A “Get Tax Refund Now” link opens up a form seeking personal information, including debit/credit card details, that is attached to the frameset of the www.revenue.ie website.

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

The Revenue Commissioners never send emails which require customers to send personal information via email or pop-up windows.

Anyone who receives an email purporting to be from Revenue 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 should contact their bank or credit card company immediately.

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