Irish internet users are being warned to be on the look for scam emails which pretend to be coming from Irish Water, Revenue and the Motor Tax avenue.
According to ESET Ireland a number of fake messages are doing the rounds in a bid to con Irish people out of money.
"Cybercriminals know familiar names of services can fool people into... clicking on things they shouldn’t be clicking on. (They tailor) their scams for the Irish “market” and regularly (ab)use names of services and institutions familiar to the Irish."
This email purporting to be from the Revenue claims the receiver is eligible for tax back and is given a link to click on to "submit the request."
Another one claiming to be from the Motor Tax office says “your last purchase has not been confirmed”, and asks to “confirm your car owner information”.
While this email pretending to be from Irish Water asks people to "log in" with their account details.
All three include links that lead to phishing websites and use similar wording and including a “donotreply” email address.
Anyone who receives these emails should not click on the link and immediately aler the Gardai.