Fake emails from the Revenue Agency, how not to fall for the scam

False emails from the Revenue Agency on foreign payments.
A new malicious campaign aimed at defrauding taxpayers by stealing bank details.
The new false emails are signed by the director of the Agency, Ernesto Maria Ruffini and the Revenue Agency itself reports the possible scams with a notice dated 19 January 2024.
After the last scam, which was registered in December on false assessments tax, the new malicious campaign, just recently, uses the director's name for phishing attempts.
We remind you that phishing is an illegal practice that aims to obtain personal data, financial data and access codes through a false message pretending to be a reliable entity.
The fake email from the Revenue Agency The fake email that is circulating these days reads: Hello We need to make an urgent payment to a company in Portugal.
What information do you need to make the payment? Kind regards, Ernesto Ruffini.
The characteristics of this fake email are quite obvious: the first alarm bell must be raised by the spelling errors present.
The sender field of this email, among other things, does not appear to be institutional, even if it uses the name of the director of the Revenue Agency.
The address, in this case, and the name Ernesto Ruffini appears in the "Sender" field.
The emails in question, characterized by a sense of urgency and spelling errors, present the following distinctive features: • The name of the Director of the Revenue Agency is present in the sender field but the email address is part of the @gmail domain .com (but it could also be another non-institutional email domain); • The subject may have terms such as “Invoice”, “Urgent”, “Payment Request”; • In the body of the message an unusual request is made regarding an urgent payment to be made abroad.
False emails from the Revenue Agency, the press release The press release from the Revenue Agency of 19 January 2024 invites citizens to pay the utmost attention to false emails bearing the name of the Financial Administration and therefore apparently plausible.
The recommendation of the Revenue Agency is to not open any attachments, do not click on links to avoid the risk of opening malicious files and delete the email immediately.
The advice that Ade provides is also not to contact the sender of the message again and not to provide your personal data even if you receive a phone call related to the same topic.
Furthermore, in the notice the Agency disavows this type of message, with respect to which it declares itself to be totally unrelated and recalls that, in case of doubts about the authenticity of any communications, reference can also be made to the contacts available on the institutional website or on the Territorially competent office.
read also Tax return, watch out for the new scam with fake emails from the Revenue Agency What to do if you have doubts about the veracity of the message? The Revenue Agency reminds you that in case of doubts about the veracity of the emails you receive, the first thing is to refer to the contacts that can be found on the institutional website of the Revenue Agency or consult the phishing page on the Revenue Agency website.
Revenue Agency.
In the latter, in fact, there are all the warnings for the malicious campaigns identified.
The Agency also reminds you that it must be considered that the messages sent never contain personal data.
The Revenue Agency never sends communications via email that contain taxpayers' personal data.

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