REVENUE has issued a warning to Irish taxpayers about bogus scam phone calls demanding immediate bill payment.
The warning comes after reports of people receiving calls from a scammer pretending to call from Revenue.
Callers request immediate payment of tax bills, personal information or banking details.
Callers also claim that the tax refund is due and they need their credit/debit card or bank account details for various reasons.
Revenue has warned that it never asks customers for personal information over phone calls or text messages.
Revenue said in a statement: “Revenue is aware of several individuals who have received phone calls seeking personal information from someone purporting to work in Revenue. These calls may vary.
“For example, a caller might ask for your personal or banking details and tell you things like: tax refund is due soon, need to pay tax bill immediately, sometimes to avoid criminal case against you or they need you credit/debit card or bank account details for various reasons.
“This person did not call Revenue. Revenue never asked customers for personal information over phone calls or text messages.
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“If you receive a purported phone call from Revenue that you have any doubts about, especially if the call is unsolicited, you should contact Studio.
“If you receive a tax claim contact that you have any doubts about, you should contact our Tax Collection Corporation through MyEnquiries, our secure online service.
“Anyone who misplaces personal information in response to these scam calls should contact their bank or credit card company immediately and notify Gardaí.
“It’s important to point out that these types of scams have nothing to do with Revenue systems or security.”
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