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Department of Finance issues warning over hoax calls offering €2,000 refund

The caller tells recipients they are due the refund but will need to deposit €250 into a bank account in order to receive it.

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THE DEPARTMENT OF Finance has today issued a warning to the public about hoax calls people have been receiving purporting to come from the department.

The fraudulent calls say they are seeking personal information from taxpayers in connection with a refund of up to €2,000. The caller tells the recipient that they are due the refund but will need to deposit €250 in lieu of tax due into a bank account to receive the refund.

The caller also asks the recipient to submit personal details including date of birth and bank account details.

These calls are not coming from the Department of Finance, it said in a statement.

“The Department of Finance never contacts members of the public in relation to payments or refunds,” it said.

Anyone who provided bank information in response to these calls is advised to contact their bank or credit card company immediately.

Have you received one of these calls? If so, let us know in the comments section below or click ‘Send a Tip’.

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