The City of Vienna issued a warning on Wednesday about fraudulent letters claiming to come from city departments or authorities. The letters are apparently being sent by post to Viennese households. The letters request that the recipient enters sensitive and personal registration data in an internet form. For this purpose, a QR code is to be scanned or an internet link followed.
City of Vienna: Letter with logos
Failure to do so results in a threat to delete the data from the Central Register of Residents. This is where the fraud begins, as it is used to illegally obtain personal data from those affected. According to the City of Vienna, the letter looks authentic and contains – illegally used – real logos of the City of Vienna and actually existing addresses and telephone numbers.
Letters not from an office of the City of Vienna
However, these letters do not come from a department of the city or an authority. The link provided in the letter should not be followed and under no circumstances should registration data be entered in the web form. According to the City of Vienna, registrations in the Central Register of Residents can only be made in person at a city registration office or online via a federal application. This attempted fraud has already been reported to the Vienna Public Prosecutor’s Office.
- source – Vienna.at/ picture: Pixabay.com
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