Nenagh-based councillor Virginia O’Dowd has warned people to be on the look out for phony emails allegedly coming from the Revenue Commissioners.
The emails are headed Notice of Tax Return or Tax Return for year 2013, and puport to offer a tax refund. They require recipients to supply personal details, including bank details. They also include the Revenue’s logo, which makes them look authentic.
“I have received numerous emails myself telling me I am entitled to a tax refund, even mentioning the amount due. These amounts are always relatively small, so that people would not necessarily suspect a scam,” she said. “However, what these people really want are your bank details.”
The Labour councillor said she had contacted the Revenue Commissioners who said the fraudulent emails had come to their notice on January 3. She said they emphasised that these emails did not come from them and were phishing attempts.
“They stated they never send emails requiring people to supply them with personal information. 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,” said Cllr O’Dowd.
Cllr O’Dowd said that Revenue urged that anyone who provided personal information in response to these fraudulent emails should contact their bank or credit card company immediately.