Fraudulent SMS messages are in circulation

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Fake text messages purporting to come from the Austrian tax authorities, such as FinanzOnline, are again rising. Recipients are supposed to call up a link and enter their personal data.

This was announced by the Ministry of Finance in a press release on Friday. ‘The hyperlinks lead to fake websites in the style of FinanzOnline, which request the entry of personal data, particularly account data.’ This is ‘an attempt at internet fraud.’ FinanzOnline is the online portal of the Austrian tax authorities, which can be used to complete tax returns or other applications, for example.

Ministry of Finance does not send SMS

According to its statement, the Ministry of Finance (BMF) does not send SMS or e-mail messages. ‘Information from the BMF is generally sent as notices and is delivered by post or to the FinanzOnline Databox.’ In addition, employees of the BMF would never ask citizens to provide personal data such as passwords, credit card details, or account information.
The BMF recommends not following the instructions in such messages, i.e., not opening links or files and deleting them immediately.

  • source: krone.at/picture: pixabay.com
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