TAX BLOG

Tax email scams and “Phishing”, be aware.

Have you ever received an email stating that SARS paid a certain amount of money in your bank account? Or that you are eligible for a tax return? To confirm your Tax Return Payments?  SARS have issued an awareness warning for email scams, so they created a section of SARS website where they will post updates of any new scams.

“Spoofed” emails are randomly being sent to members of the public which are made to look like it’s been sent from SARS. These emails are fraudulent and aimed at enticing unsuspecting taxpayers to provide personal information such as bank account details.

Examples are emails from returns@sars.co.za, or refunds@sars.co.za . These links contain false forms and websites that looks identical to the actual SARS website, for you to enter your personal details. The details then gets extracted by criminals for fraudulent use.

Please note 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 / debit card information, etc.) as SARS will never ask taxpayers for such information in an email.

SARS will not request your banking details through the phone, email or websites.

Beware of false sms's.

To report or to get more information on phishing, please send an email to phishing@sars.gov.za or call the Fraud and Anti-Corruption Hotline on 0800 00 2870.

Latest scams:-

Confirm tax return payment
SARS Online Transaction alert
SARS eFiling 2013 Processing
You are eligible to receive a tax refund of R3800
Urgent - A payment of R3167.14 has been made into your account


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