Beware another SMS scam

Keep alert for fake Spanish Tax Agency scams

Spain’s Internet User Security Office (OSI) has warned of an extension of a scam whereby certain people have received false emails claiming they are owed a refund on 2023 taxes.

Scam sent via SMS

The latest version is being sent to individual’s mobile phones by SMS with the promise that those receiving the message are entitled to a refund of €411.

By clicking on any of the links contained in these messages, the user is redirected to a website where they are asked to enter their full name, credit or debit card number, expiration date, CVV and PIN.

If you receive such a message on your phone, simply block the sender and delete that message from your phone.

Help Line available

If however you have already responded to the message and given the information that was requested, then there is still some hope and you should contact the Cybersecurity Help Line to receive advice.

In addition, it is important that you preserve as much evidence as possible and report the scam to the police.

Generally speaking, no Spanish Government body or any major bank will be likely to contact you and expect you to hand over all of your private information including credit or debit card details along with the CVV and PIN.

If you have any doubts, simply search the internet to ask for details of latest scams as plenty of sites exist to warn individuals of potential problems.

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Written by

John Smith

Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica. Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene. Currently he is acting as Editorial Consultant for the paper helping to shape its future development. Share your story with us by emailing, by calling +34 951 38 61 61 or by messaging our Facebook page