Local Minister for Communications Denis Naughten is warning people in Roscommon-Galway to be alert and extra vigilant in light of news in the last 24 hours of a scam involving fraudulent emails and texts purporting to come from the Revenue Commissioners.
“The cyber criminals behind this scam are claiming to be from the Revenue Commissioners to attempt to take debit or credit card details from people. The subject matter of these emails and text messages relate to a ‘tax refund’. They are bogus and are not being issued by the Revenue Commissioners,” stated Minister Naughten. “Revenue never sends emails or text messages requiring people to send their personal information over email, text or by any other unsecure means,” added Naughten. “This is a common type of email scam where those who receive it are told they are eligible to receive a tax refund. It presents a link to an online claim form, which asks for personal and financial information, including bank account details. Anyone who may be actually awaiting a tax refund should contact their local Revenue Office to check its status. Emails and text messages purporting to be from Revenue must not be opened or responded to,” urges Naughten.
The Revenue Commissioners are asking anyone who receives an email or text message purporting to be from Revenue and suspects it to be fraudulent or a scam to forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org and then delete it. Those who may have provided personal information in response to these fraudulent emails or text messages are being advised to contact their bank or credit card company immediately.