Fianna Fáil Cllr. Patrick McGowan has urged the public to be on the alert for bogus offers of tax returns.
The Stranorlar Electoral Area councillor said members of the public have received bogus emails purporting to be from the Department of Revenue that said the recipient was entitled to receive a tax return.
“The emails seem quite plausible and are for a few hundred euros, so as not to raise suspicion,” Cllr. McGowan said.
He said people can be taken in by the offer, especially if they are struggling financially and want to believe there is an opportunity to receive a tax refund.
However, the councillor said that the Department of Revenue do not send out unsolicited emails or letters, and in order to receive correspondence a taxpayer would first have had to fill out and submit a tax return form.
One bogus email said the recipient was eligible for a tax return of 371.91 euro. They were told that in order to receive the funds they would need to download and complete a form that was attached. None of this was legitimate.
“Recent claims of bogus revenue collectors calling to homes on behalf of the council or other statuary bodies are quite worrying, and the public need to be on their guard at all times,” Cllr. McGowan said.