Beware: SARS Scam Alert!
SARS has recently released a statement cautioning taxpayers against emails from unknown senders that attempt to impersonate SARS. These fraudulent emails include a link to what appears to be an official “court order”.
SARS is a popular target for scammers, since the very use of its name imparts authority, with scammers falsely claiming to be representatives of SARS. The revenue service has recorded 323 new types of scams over the years, most of which involve criminals impersonating SARS to create a false sense of trust. In order to combat these scams, the tax authority has created a section on its website where regular updates and developments are shared regarding new scams that use their name to commit deception and fraud.
More About The Court Order Scam
Taxpayers should keep the following in mind to avoid falling prey to these scams:
- Do not respond to emails from unknown sources.
- Be wary of emails asking for personal, tax, banking or eFiling information.
- Be wary of false SMSs.
- Remember that SARS does not share *.htm or *.html attachments.
- Remember that SARS will never ask for your credit card details.
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