Revenue issues warning over email and text message scam doing the rounds
Don't get stung by this.
The Office of the Revenue Commissioners has alerted the public to the latest email scam doing the rounds.
In a statement published today, Revenue warned:
"This week the Revenue Commissioners have become aware of fraudulent emails and SMS (text messages) purporting to come from Revenue seeking personal information from taxpayers in connection with a tax refund or seeking credit/debit card details."
The Revenue Commissioners never send text messages or emails that ask for personal information from citizens.
Revenue has advised that "Anyone who receives an email or text message 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 Revenue Office to check its status."
Anyone who may have fallen prey to the scam has also been encouraged to contact their bank, credit card company and the Gardaí.
The taxation body has also issued clarification about its own security systems, noting: "Security on the Revenue website continues to be of paramount importance. Revenue's internet facing sites are ISO27001 certified.
"Any pages that request personal information are encrypted using a 256 bit Extended Validation (EV) SSL certificate, signed by a publicly trusted certificate authority."
You can read the full warning here.