Beware of SARS spoofs and scams

2015-07-29 06:00

THE new tax filing season has started and at the same time a number of spams, supposedly from SARS, have been hitting social media.

SARS has issued the following warning:

and#034;Members of the public are randomly emailed with false ‘spoofed’ emails made to look as if these emails were sent from SARS, but are in fact fraudulent emails aimed at enticing unsuspecting taxpayers to part with personal information such as bank account details.

Examples include emails that appear to be from returns@sars.co.za or refunds@sars.co.za indicating that tax payers are eligible to receive tax refunds.

These emails contain links to false forms and false websites made to look like the “real thing”, but with the aim of fooling people into entering personal information, such as bank account details, which criminals then extract and use fraudulently.

These are scams and SARS taxpayers should take note of the following:

• Do not open or respond to emails from unknown sources.

• Beware of emails that ask for personal, tax, banking and eFiling details (login credentials, passwords, pins, credit and debit card information, etc.) as SARS will never ask taxpayers for such information via email.

• SARS will not request your bank details over the phone, email or websites.

• Beware of false SMSes.

• Beware of false phone calls

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