Austrian Ministry of Finance: warning against fraudulent emails and text messages

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The Ministry of Finance warns against phishing emails. The Ministry of Finance warns against fake email and SMS messages. These are ostensibly sent by Austria’s digital office – oesterreich.gv.at.
The recipients are led to believe that they will receive a refund, for which they are supposed to fill out an online application. However, the hyperlink in the emails or SMS leads to a fake website in the style of FinanzOnline, where the entry of personal data, particularly account information, is requested.

Ministry of Finance warns against phishing mails.
The Ministry of Finance stressed Monday that the phishing emails are a scam and that the email and text messages sent and linked websites are fakes: “Information from the Ministry of Finance is always in the form of notices and is delivered by mail or to the FinanzOnline databox.” Citizens would never be asked to submit personal data such as passwords, credit card data or account information. An appeal was made to the public always to check the exact sender address of emails and not to click on any links or file attachments in suspicious emails. Instead, suspicious messages should be deleted immediately.

Further information on the scams of fraudsters, the characteristics of fraud attempts and necessary security measures can be found in the folder “Beware of fraud! Don’t give Internet scammers a chance,” which is available on the Ministry of Finance’s website – at https://www.bmf.gv.at/ – and is available for withdrawal at all tax offices.

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