Tax scams

At this time of year when tax returns are being submitted, do watch out for an email scam going round purporting to be from the French tax office.

It is sent from  remboursement@impots.gouv.fr amongst other email addresses. It states that you are eligible for a tax refund (remboursement) and asks you to click on a link and fill in your bank details. If you receive this email DO NOT click on the link or fill in your bank details. Send it straight to your poubelle!

A typical text might be….

“Apres les derniers calculs annuels de l’exercice de votre activite, Nous avons determinez que vous etes admissibles a recevoir un remboursement de 359.80 Euro”

Linguists. How many accents missed and grammar mistakes can you spot there?

The emails have convincing looking headings and logos of the tax office.

The DGFiP (Direction générale des finances publiques) says that they would never ask for your bank or credit card details in this way and warns people to be vigilant and never to give any personal details by email.

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