The public are being warned by Spain’s tax authorities not to respond to e-mails asking them to provide credit card details to obtain their tax rebate.

It has been reported that a spate of e-mails apparently sent out from the Tax Office (Agencia Tributaria or ‘AEAT’) informing recipients that they are a due a rebate and should fill in the attached form to obtain payment.

The e-mail directs people to link to a fake website which is a duplicate of the AEAT site which has been created by phishing fraudsters to extract credit card numbers.

The Tax Office stresses that it never pays rebates through a credit card, only to bank accounts.