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Are you being pursued by the tax office regarding your tax refund?  Not at all.  Be careful, this is a new scam

Are you being pursued by the tax office regarding your tax refund? Not at all. Be careful, this is a new scam

Poles’ e-mail boxes receive messages with information about an alleged tax refund. The amount to be collected is tempting, and the e-mail looks credible, but it does not come from the tax office. The National Tax Administration warns – this is a new fraud.

The National Tax Administration warns against a new fraud. Poles’ e-mail boxes receive messages with information about the alleged refund of tax overpayment for 2022. KAS and the Ministry of Finance warn: this is a fraud. The goal of cybercriminals is to extort taxpayers’ personal data and payment card numbers.

Is the taxman chasing you? I want to pay back the overpayment of tax. Don’t click – it’s a scam

The news even seems credible, and the amount to be “refunded” is very tempting. It’s about almost 2,000. PLN which – according to the authors of the emails – we are entitled to. “After conducting a comprehensive analysis, it was determined that you are entitled to a tax refund in the amount of PLN 1,983.56. This refund results from the overpayment of taxes during the tax year 2022,” the fraudsters write.

Cybercriminals impersonate the e-Tax Office in their messages and use the logo of the Ministry of Finance and the address of the Ministry of Digitization – writes KAS. The emails also used the logos of the European Funds and the flags of Poland and the European Union. Traditionally, the message is accompanied by a link that supposedly leads to logging in to the e-Tax Office website, but in fact it leads to a crafted website that extorts personal data and payment card numbers.

Fake messages are sent by e-mail, the author of which impersonates the Ministry of Finance and informs about a tax refund. The Ministry of Finance and the National Tax Administration do not send this type of messages to taxpayers

– writes the National Tax Administration on X. This post was also shared by the profile of the Ministry of Finance.

It is worth being careful when opening similar messages. Fraud can be discovered, among others: carefully checking the sender’s e-mail address and reading the end of the message. There are phrases that are probably the work of online translators (e.g. “Your immediate attention in this matter is crucial” or “in order to speed up the refund, we have introduced a new e-Bankomat system”).

“We warn you that such messages were not sent from the Ministry of Finance’s servers, and opening the links contained in them is dangerous,” writes KAS.

Source: Gazeta

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