Austrian Ministry of Finance issues warning to all citizens

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Fraudulent text messages and emails purporting to come from the Ministry of Finance are on the rise. The real authority now warns against the scam.

On Wednesday, the Federal Ministry of Finance (BMF) issued a warning against fake text messages sent to citizens in the name of the authority. The fraudulent statements promise recipients a tax refund of 730.30 euros. To receive this, only personal data would have to be disclosed.

WARNING: The hyperlink in these fraudulent messages leads to a fake FinanzOnline-style website that asks for personal data such as credit card numbers.

In its warning, the Ministry of Finance emphasizes that this is an Internet fraud attempt and that the SMS messages sent are forgeries: “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.”

Therefore, if such phishing emails, SMS messages or emails with similar content arrive, it is highly likely to be an attempt at fraud!

The Ministry of Finance warns: “Do not follow the instructions contained therein under any circumstances!”, “Do not click on any links or files contained therein under any circumstances!” and “Do not disclose personal data such as passwords, credit card data or account information under any circumstances!” In addition, the authority recommends deleting such emails IMMEDIATELY.

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