November 24, 2020
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Locals warned not to fall for 1590 Revenue number scam that charges €30 per call

People in Wicklow have been warned not to phone a 1590 that charges €30 for 10 minutes thinking that it is the Revenue Comissioners.

A scamming connection service is taking advantage of people attempting to contact the Revenue Commissioners, Fianna Fáil’s Health spokesperson Stephen Donnelly has said.

Mr Donnelly issued the wanring after the Chairman of the Revenue Commission, Niall Cody, appered in front of the Public Accounts Committee in Leinster House recently where the matter was raised.

“This 1590 number is run by a company in the UK and people who call it will be charged €30 for a ten minute phone call – this is outrageous and is completely taking advantage of people,” Mr Donnelly said

“If you search for a phone contact number for Revenue on google you will likely see a 1590 number. This is usually very high up, if not at the top, of a google search.

“Fianna Fáil asked the Chairman of the Revenue Commissioners to work with his European counterparts and contact Google to ensure that they keep the correct Revenue phone number to the top of a google search.

“We’ve also urged him to introduce a system that means when a person phones Revenue through the connection service, they are told immediately on speaking to a Revenue representative that they have been connected through a third party which charges excessive amounts, and they should be given the direct phone line number and asked to hang up and call back on that number.

“More needs to be done to protect consumers from highly experienced and sophisticated scammers”, Mr Donnelly added.

 

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