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Phishing or message from the Treasury?

Today we would like to discuss a very redundant topic in our office.

It is common to receive questions from our tax clients about emails they receive from the Ministry of Finance. They ask us, usually frightened: “I have received a notification from the Treasury by email, do you know what it is about? Are they going to inspect us? Can you find out what it is?

Normally, the Treasury has its information protocols very detectable. Due to our profession and our day to day, we know when the Treasury requests information. In some cases, luckily (or not) they are phishing attacks. Careful with this!

Email is a vital tool for communication both personally and professionally. However, it can also be used by cybercriminals to carry out phishing or identity theft attacks.

A phishing email is a fake message that appears to be sent by a legitimate company with the goal of tricking the recipient into revealing sensitive information, such as passwords, credit card numbers, or banking information.

To protect yourself from phishing emails, it’s important to follow a few key precautions:

Check the sender’s email address: Phishing emails often come from email addresses that are fake or slightly different from real ones. Check the sender of the email carefully, and if in doubt, look online for the company’s actual email address.

Do not click on suspicious links: Phishing emails often include links that direct you to a fake website or download malware to your device. Do not click on suspicious links and instead type the web address into your browser.

Do not reveal personal information: Phishing emails often ask for personal information such as passwords, credit card numbers, or banking information. Legitimate companies will never ask for personal information via email, so don’t disclose this information unless you’re sure the email is genuine.

Check the legitimacy of the email: If you receive a suspicious email, check its legitimacy with the company before acting. Call customer service or email the company from a verified email address.

Keep your software up to date: Keep your software and operating system up to date to protect yourself from known vulnerabilities that can be used by cybercriminals.

In short, to protect yourself from phishing emails, it’s important to be aware and vigilant. Do not reveal personal information, verify the legitimacy of the email and keep your software updated. With these precautions, you can protect your personal and financial information from cybercriminals.

And when in doubt, contact us to find out if you have been required by the Treasury. If it is phishing we will give you good news and, if it is not, we will help you in your communications with the Treasury.

You want to know more? We give you an example of a malicious email from the Treasury

Note that where it says Holder, an email address appears, the Treasury will always refer to you by your name and company name.

It is true that they put a url “https://agenciatributaria.gob.es” that address seems real, but it is not. If you inspect the access you will see that it leads to a completely malicious link. Danger!!

And so with everything. We take advantage of this post to warn you. Be careful with the emails you receive. It is the order of the day to constantly receive malicious emails.

And remember that, at Elko&Associates, we are at your disposal for any questions or to initiate the necessary procedures. Call us to request an appointment and start now with your future venture, taking advantage of this interesting modification of the Business Creation Law

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