Revenue issue warning over phone call scam
Don't get caught out.
The Office of the Revenue Commissioners has alerted the public to a spate of "bogus phone calls" that are attempting to scam money out of people.
According to Revenue: "Revenue has become aware of a number of individuals who received phone calls from a person purporting to work in Revenue advising that a tax refund is due, demanding the immediate payment of a tax bill or stating that a criminal case is being taken against the individual."
Such calls are just scams attempting to illegally obtain bank details over the phone.
Revenue also issued the following advice to anyone who may be targeted: "If you receive a telephone call purporting to be from Revenue about which you have any doubts, particularly if the call is unexpected, you should contact your Revenue Office. If you receive contact demanding payment of tax about which you have any doubt, you should contact our Collector General's Division (1890 20 30 70 or 01 738 36 63)."
If you have already fallen victim to the scam, you are advised to immediately get in touch with your bank/credit card company, as well as An Garda Síochána.
Revenue has further noted that these scams do not involve Revenue's own systems or security.
You can read the warning in full here.