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Warning: There's a new SARS phishing scam you need to know about

by , 28 March 2014
Fraudsters are always inventing new and sophisticated ways to steal your money. That's why you need to be informed on the latest scams doing the rounds so you can avoid falling victim to them. Here are the latest SARS scams and phishing attacks to lookout for...

Don't fall victims to these SARS scams and phishing attacks

SARS says that members of the public are randomly emailed with false 'spoofed' emails made to look as if these emails were sent from SARS, which are in fact fraudulent emails aimed at enticing unsuspecting taxpayers to part with personal information such as bank account details.

The revenue service says examples include emails that appear to be from returns@sars.co.za or refunds@sars.co.za indicating that you're 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 the criminals then extract and use fraudulently, warns SARS.

What do some of these scams look like?

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Here's an example of one of the latest scams

From: SARS South Africa [mailto:info@sars.gov.za]
Sent: 22 January 2014 05:37
Subject: SARS NOTICE

New Tax Deduction from SARS account, Tax deduction has been made on your account.

Kindly review Tax Invoice on your account, Find attached pdf below.

Any queries with regards to deduction of account is welcomed.

Regards
Coreen Hill
SARS Provisional Officer
Phone: (27)800 00 7277
Fax: (27)800 00 7221
http://www.sars.gov.za

Don't fall for this scam.

In fact, SARS warns you to not open such emails because it'll never ask for your bank details through the phone, email or websites. Also watch out for text messages.

Here's a list of the other scams you need to lookout for

SARS outlines the latest scams doing the rounds:

SARS encourages you to report scams. You can do this by sending an email to phishing@sars.gov.za or by calling the Fraud and Anti-Corruption Hotline on 0800 00 2870. Also check out SARS' website regularly for updates of scams doing the rounds.
Don't let fraudsters steal your money, always be careful.



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