Protect Yourself from SMS Scams
Cybercriminals are devising more SMS scams that have spread like wildfire, luring unsuspecting individuals into falling for their fake offers. Recently, scammers have masqueraded as the Tax Agency amid the Income Statement campaign, aiming to obtain sensitive personal data.
The Internet User Security Office (OSI) has recently detected a smishing campaign aimed at tricking users into filling out a form with their personal data. Scammers pose as the Tax Agency and deceive users into giving sensitive data with the promise of a tax refund of up to €431.38.
Smishing is a type of scam that has become popular due to its high rate of effectiveness and ease of execution. More often than not, scammers use personal data that has been leaked from companies to steal bank account information or identity impersonation.
Recognize Scam Messages from the Tax Agency
If you receive an unsolicited message from the Tax Agency asking for banking card information to receive a tax refund or a 2022 income refund of €178.44 along with a €200 social bonus, it’s most likely a scam.
The Internet User Security Office warns that scammers operate by deceiving users into clicking a link that directs them to a fake Electronic Office of the Tax Agency that closely resembles the authentic platform. Users who provide their full name or name and surname, card/bank account number, expiration date, security code, security PIN, ID, or telephone number may be targeted by cybercriminals who can access or steal their information.
What to Do If You Fall Victim to the Scam
If you have given personal information to a fake Tax Agency site, it’s important to act immediately. Begin by contacting your bank to cancel any transactions and deactivate your card or bank account. Next, report the fraud to the police or the National Fraud Reporting Centre.
Finally, change your passwords and activate two-factor authentication for your online accounts to make it harder for cybercriminals to access your personal data.
Protect yourself by always being skeptical of unsolicited SMS messages or emails that ask for sensitive personal data, and never click on unfamiliar links. If you receive a suspicious text message from the Tax Agency, don’t give away your personal and bank details. Remember, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Stay vigilant and stay safe!