Finance: Attention to the fraudulent message that is circulating

Deepak Gupta July 21, 2022
Updated 2022/07/21 at 11:33 AM

Did you receive an email on behalf of Finance? The Tax and Customs Authority (AT) alerted today to a new fake email in which taxpayers are told to send the declaration and debt enforcement process.

This is yet another phishing scam, through a fraudulent message, whose objective is to convince the recipient to access malicious pages by clicking on the suggested links.

Some taxpayers have received emails supposedly from the AT, in which they are asked to click on a link that is provided for possible regularization of their tax situation. This is a fake fraudulent message and should be ignored/deleted.

Fraudulent message body examples

What is a Phishing Attack and How to Validate?

As a rule, the phishing is done through email, advertisements or websites that look similar to the companies or businesses they are trying to impersonate. In this case of finance, the scheme arrives via email.

Bear in mind that emails or websites used for phishing may request data such as:

  • User and Passwords, and even changing passwords;
  • Social Security Numbers, Citizen Card;
  • Bank Account and Credit Card Numbers;
  • Email;
  • among other personal information

How to validate if it is a Phishing email?

  1. To verify that the email received is credible, you must confirm that the domain of the message sender from which you received the communication is really the company or entity in question, you should pay special attention to the exchange of letters.
  2. You must also confirm that the link to which you are redirected corresponds to the one on the official website. Check in your browser, if the address/domain is the same;
  3. Check that the connection used by the website is secure (https://)
  4. Identify the communication style and if there are any grammatical and spelling errors in the email body. A different style than usual and the existence of errors may be a sign that it was not, in fact, sent by the company they are impersonating;
  5. The images or attachments, eventually, contained in the communication, as a rule, are of low quality, and are copies/replicas of lower quality compared to those of official companies;
  6. If in doubt, contact the entity in question, without clicking or giving data, via email or website.

It is also recommended to read the Information sheet on Computer Security available on the Finance Portal.

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