With the help of fake e-mails and SMS in the name of Österreich.gv.at, Internet fraudsters try to obtain personal data from citizens.
The Federal Ministry of Finance (BMF) is warning of a new scam. The fraudulent messages receive the information that the recipients should fill out an online application to receive a refund. The sender of the letters appears to be “öesterreich.gv.at” or the wording “Austria Government Digital Sales and Service.”
The hyperlink included leads to a fake website in the design of FinanzOnline, which asks for the input of personal data, especially account information. The BMF emphasizes that this is an Internet scam and that the e-mail and SMS messages and linked websites are fake.
Information from the BMF always takes the form of notices and is delivered by mail or to the FinanzOnline Databox. The BMF also never asks citizens to submit personal data such as passwords, credit card data or account information.
If you receive such phishing e-mails, SMS messages or e-mails with similar content, it is highly likely to be an attempt at fraud.
Under no circumstances should you follow the instructions contained therein!
Do not click on any links or files contained therein!
Under no circumstances disclose personal data such as passwords, credit card data or account information!
The BMF recommends deleting such e-mail and SMS messages immediately!
For more information on the scammers’ scams, the characteristics of scam attempts and necessary security measures, see the folder “Beware of scams! Don’t give Internet scammers a chance”. The folder can be downloaded from the BMF website and withdrawn at all tax offices.
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