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Revenue Warns of Phishing Scam

The Revenue Commissioners issued the following warning this week:

The Revenue Commissioners have today (10/03/10) warned 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 “Revenue Irish Tax & Customs” advising recipients that “you are eligible to receive a tax refund of 734.21 euro” and links to a convincing reproduction of the website. This is a repeat of the phishing scam of 24/02/2010.

Recipients are asked to submit personal details including date of birth and debit/credit card details. 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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