Gardaí issue scam text message warning to taxpayers
Gardaí and Revenue have issued a warning regarding a scam text message to taxpayers.
Following a recent wave of fake texts being sent, Revenue has reminded taxpayers that it never sends text messages (SMS) requiring the provision of personal information via links, pop-up windows, or emails.
Anyone who receives such a text message claiming to be from Revenue should delete it immediately.
This reminder comes following the circulation of a number of ‘scam’ text messages, purporting to come from Revenue, that contain a link to a fraudulent website which seeks personal information (for example PPSN, name, address, date of birth) from recipients.
An Garda Síochána has confirmed that it is seeing a rise in reports of these types of incidents, and has urged people never to respond unsolicited text messages requesting personal data.
Revenue has confirmed that pages on its website, which request personal information, are encrypted and fully secure.
Taxpayers that have provided personal information in response to fraudulent text messages should immediately contact their bank or credit card company.
For additional security, Revenue also advises that these taxpayers change their myAccount password at the earliest opportunity.
Further advice and information can be found on Revenue’s security page, here.