Scammers pretending to be tax agency

false mailFalse mail: Skjermdump / NTB scanpix

Fraudsters have sent out an email to people where they pretend to be the tax administration and promise tax refund. In the email, people are asked to fill out an attached form.

“After the last annual calculations of your financial activity, we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund for: 6056.87 NOK” writes the swindlers in the email on Norwegian.

Communications Adviser Anette Bjerke from the Norwegian tax agency asks people to exercise caution.
– This is a scam to trick their way to getting sensitive personal information. Do not reply to this request, she warns.
Currently, the Norwegian tax agency has not received numerous reports of concern from people, but they look seriously at the inquiry.

– We will never ask for credit card information, security codes, bills, copy of passport, driving license or bank account number via email. All our electronic communication with taxpayers involving sensitive personal information happens through Altinn, explains Bjerke.

She added that the agency is sometimes subject to abuse in connection with the scam.
– Such cases have been prosecuted in the past, she says.


Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today