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Thread: DFA issues warning on email scam looking to be from Revenue seeking passport numbers

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    Default DFA issues warning on email scam looking to be from Revenue seeking passport numbers

    The Department of Foreign Affairs have issued a warning about a scam email doing the rounds appearing to be from the Revenue Commissioners.

    The DFA is concerned especially because the email is asking for Passport details. The emails says "You are eligible to receive a tax refund!" and a link opens a link that looks like the shot below.



    A statement from the Department of Foreign Affairs says "The Department of Foreign Affairs never sends emails which require customers to send passport numbers or passport expiry dates via email or pop-up windows." We would also assume the Revenue never ask for this information either.

    The domain name "anytimetaxredund.com" appears to be hosting the page the screenshot is taken from, that site is hosted by Register365.

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    Russians or Israelis getting creative?
    "It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it." - Upton Sinclair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by He3 View Post
    Russians or Israelis getting creative?
    They don't need to be more like Nigerians or Kazaks.

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    It might be more honest in some ways to be scammed by a scammer than by govt

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    WHOIS information for anytimetaxrefund.com :
    [Querying whois.verisign-grs.com]
    [whois.verisign-grs.com]

    Whois Server Version 2.0

    Domain names in the .com and .net domains can now be registered
    with many different competing registrars. Go to InterNIC | The Internet's Network Information Center
    for detailed information.

    Domain Name: ANYTIMETAXREFUND.COM
    Registrar: REGISTER.IT SPA
    Whois Server: whois.register.it
    Referral URL: Domini - Register.it | registrazione domini | hosting e server
    Name Server: NS0.REG365.NET
    Name Server: NS1.REG365.NET
    Name Server: NS2.REG365.NET
    Status: clientDeleteProhibited
    Status: clientTransferProhibited
    Status: clientUpdateProhibited
    Updated Date: 16-oct-2010
    Creation Date: 16-oct-2010
    Expiration Date: 16-oct-2011

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    Why are there still people out there who fill in stuff like this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hmmm View Post
    Why are there still people out there who fill in stuff like this?

    They fill in their ballot papers with the same reckless disregard for common sense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hmmm View Post
    Why are there still people out there who fill in stuff like this?
    A dangerous combination of stupidity and greed.
    I ain't gettin' on no plane

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    It's not really surprising that passport details get stolen when you consider how certain European countries require that hotels demand passports from tourists.

    It's not unusual to have your passport taken and held at reception, e.g. this happened to us in Montenegro, which is not somewhere that I would want to be without my passport.

    In Spain, everyone seems to randomly photocopy your passport ... hotels, holiday rental companies, estate agents, banks, bureau de change facilities, you name it, they'll want your passport.

    Not only that, but you are also required to carry your passport AT ALL TIMES, even if you're an Irish or British person resident in Spain. If you're legally resident in Spain, you're required to carry your passport and a document displaying your NIE (foreigner registration number) !!

    Because Chip and PIN is still not rolled out in Spain, you're also required to produce your passport every time you use your credit/debit card!! It's nuts!

    People lose passports, and expose them to all sorts of potentially dodgy data retention systems all the time because of these kinds of practices.

    Passports are only secure if they are held in a secure manner. This kind of function creep which is being allowed by the EU's inaction on enforcing any kind of regulations of how passports should be handled, is just exposing everyone to potential ID theft.

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