O’Dowd warns of online tax scam

Cllr 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 supposed amount due to me. However, what these people really want are your bank details,” she said.

The Labour councillor said she had contacted the Revenue Commissioners who emphasised that these emails did not come from them and were phishing attempts and should be deleted. “They stated they never send emails requiring people to supply them with personal information. Anyone who provided personal information in response to these fraudulent emails should contact their bank or credit card company immediately,” she said.


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