Austrian Ministry of Finance warns against scammers

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With the help of alleged emails from the Ministry of Finance, scammers are trying to get personal data from citizens.

A tax refund of 578.99 euros is currently being held out to many Austrians in emails from the FinanzOnline tax platform. The problem with this is that the messages are not official documents but so-called phishing attempts.

Cybercriminals try to convince unsuspecting victims of the email’s authenticity and want to get them to disclose personal data. Recipients are asked to click on a hyperlink and enter data such as their IBAN on the website behind the link.

The Ministry of Finance has clarified this: information from the BMF is always in the form of notices and is delivered by mail or to the FinanzOnline Databox. “The BMF never asks citizens to submit personal data such as passwords, credit card data, or account information.”

Investigations against the fraudsters have already begun.

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