The Department of Transport (Ireland) has warned motorists of a motor tax ‘phishing’ scam which is spreading fast. The emails request billing and vehicle details from vehicle owners in connection with their last motor tax transaction.
The Department said:
“These emails are a hoax. The Department does not send emails requiring customers to send this type of personal information via email or pop-up windows.”
Any motor tax notifications will come from this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is an example of the scam email :
These scam emails do not come from this email address, they use spoofed email addresses. E-mail spoofing has been a tactic used by scammers for a long time. A spoofed e-mail is one where the sender email address has been forged.
When a recipient receives the email they believe (falsely) it has come from a known source. They are therefore more likely to open it, click on a link in the message, provide the information requested or open an attachment. The spoofing technique is widely used by cyber-criminals to achieve various objectives including phishing, installation of malware and accessing confidential data.
If you recently received an email like this, and provided personal information in response, the department says you should contact your bank or credit card company immediately. The Department has contacted all the relevant authorities and local motor tax offices in relation to this issue.
If you're not sure whether an email is a scam, verify who the sender is by using their official contact details to call them directly. Never use contact details provided by the sender – find them through an independent source.
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