Austrian Finance warns against fake emails

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The fraudulent emails with the subject “Final warning! You will receive a tax refund” or “[Reminder] Your tax refund is ready!” contain the information that the recipients will receive a 578.99 euro tax refund and should disclose their data for this purpose. The BMF continuously warns against this scam.

Example of such a phishing mail:

Betreff: Letzte Warnung! Sie erhalten eine Steuerrückerstattung

Sehr geehrter Herr/Frau,

nach der letzten jährlichen Berechnung Ihrer Steueraktivität haben wir festgestellt, dass Sie Anspruch auf eine Rückerstattung haben.

Ihre Rückerstattung beträgt 578,99 Euro.

Um Ihre Rückerstattung zu erhalten, bitten wir Sie, Ihre Angaben zu überprüfen und zu bestätigen. Ihre Steuerrückerstattung kann Ihrem Bankkonto nur gutgeschrieben werden, wenn uns die korrekten Informationen vorliegen.

Gehen Sie zu FinanzOnline, um Ihren Antrag einzureichen.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen,

FinanzOnline

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Subject: Final warning! You will receive a tax refund

Dear Mr/Mrs,

After the last annual calculation of your tax activity, we have determined that you are entitled to a refund.

Your refund amounts to 578.99 euros.

To receive your refund, we ask you to verify and confirm your information. Your tax refund can only be credited to your bank account if we have the correct information. Go to FinanzOnline to submit your claim.

Sincerely yours,

FinanzOnline

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Emails are FAKE
The subject line could also read, “[Reminder] Your tax refund is ready!”. The hyperlink included leads to a fake FinanzOnline-style website that asks for personal information such as IBAN. The BMF emphasizes that this is an Internet fraud attempt and that the emails 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 transmit personal data such as passwords, credit card data or account information.

Therefore, if you receive such a phishing email or an email with similar content, it is very likely an Internet fraud attempt.

What you must do
➤ Do not follow the instructions contained therein under any circumstances!

➤ Do not click on any links or files contained therein under any circumstances!

➤ Do not disclose personal data such as passwords, credit card data or account information under any circumstances!

➤ The BMF recommends deleting such emails immediately!

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