Taxpayers should be wary of a scam using the SA Revenue Service (SARS) logo to defraud people, an official warned on Monday (11 February).
"Members of the public are randomly e-mailed with spoof e-mails made to look as if these come from SARS, but are in fact fraudulent e-mails aimed at enticing unsuspecting taxpayers to part with personal information, such as bank account details," SARS spokesman Marika Muller said.
Muller said in a statement some of the e-mails were from email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, implying that taxpayers were eligible to receive tax refunds.
The subject of some of the e-mails was Your payment from SARS
and the wording was Dear Taxpayer, accept your refund here from the Refund Section
Others had a link which read: You have an important message from Sars eFiling
"People have contacted us to check if these e-mails were genuine or not," she said.
The e-mails contained links to false forms and false websites where people had to enter personal information, such as their bank account details.
She advised taxpayers not to open e-mails from unknown sources. The e-mails were sent in January.
"SARS will not request your banking details over the phone, via e-mail or on websites," she added.
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