Citizens, heed the call of the State Revenue Service (SRS) and beware of fraudulent text messages and e-mails masquerading as SRS. Know that all authentic SRS correspondence can be found in the Electronic Declaration System (EDS).
The SRS never sends text messages to its people. And in rare cases when an e-mail is sent, it is only to alert you to information in the EDS, using a link to the EDS itself, eds.vid.gov.lv.
Lately, the SRS has been besieged by the requests of citizens complaining about the situation, against whom cunning fraudsters have targeted with cunning e-mails or text messages. These nefarious fraudsters, masquerading as SRS, have lured unsuspecting citizens into divulging sensitive financial information under the guise of providing tax refunds. The SRS calls on citizens to be vigilant when dealing with such dangerous schemes.
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How to recognize that a received message is fraudulent:
– If you receive a text message allegedly from the SRS, then it is fraudulent. SRS never sends text messages to residents.
-If you receive a text message from your bank or any other bank about a tax refund, then it is fraudulent. The SRS pays taxes to the account indicated in the EDS of the citizens, banks do not have to be involved in this process and citizens do not have to perform any additional actions after submitting the annual income declaration.
-If you receive an e-mail inviting you to perform any actions in order to receive a tax refund, or if the links in this e-mail do not lead to the address eds.vid.gov.lv or eds.vid.gov.lv/login/, it is fraudulent .
In order to receive a tax refund, citizens must submit an annual income declaration to the EDS and further tax refunds will be made automatically. On the other hand, if the SRS asks, for example, to clarify the declaration, then this should be done only by the EDS. The EDS address is eds.vid.gov.lv.
On the other hand, the e-mail notification sent from EDS comes from the following addressee “SRS Electronic Declaration System” [email protected]
If you are not sure whether the received message is real, the SRS invites you to contact and ask again by calling the SRS advisory phone number +37167120000.
What to do if a person has entered their bank details on a fraudulent website:
– If possible, you should contact your bank as soon as possible to block fraudsters’ access to the money and recover what you have lost. The speed of action after an incident is critical to recovering what has been lost.
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– The application should be addressed to the State Police.
-If payment card data (not SMART-ID codes) are requested and entered on the scammer’s website, the card itself can be promptly blocked by the user in his Internet bank.
– Upon receiving fraudulent messages, it is preferable to send them to the Latvian information technology security incident prevention institution CERT.LV to e-mail ce[email protected]in order to protect other citizens from such news.