New SARS scam doing the rounds – here’s what to look out for

The South African Income Service (SARS) has warned taxpayers of a brand new rip-off attempting to defraud individuals.
In response to the tax authority, the most recent rip-off is an e-mail seemingly from a e-mail handle with the topic title ‘Pressing letter from SARS hooked up on your consideration’.
The rip-off is a PDF with a button to click on known as ‘View account in arrears’.
SARS has warned taxpayers to not click on on any suspicious hyperlinks.
In the event you hover your mouse over the hyperlink, it’s clear that the hyperlink isn’t legit, stated SARS.
Scams making an attempt to defraud taxpayers have run rampant. SARS has reported a complete 332 scams attempting to take advantage of SARS’s identify.
SARS stated to report or to get extra data on scams, ship an e-mail to [email protected] or name the Fraud and Anti-Corruption Hotline on 080 000 2870. To see all present SARS surveys, emails and SMSs, click on right here.
The taxman has supplied the next recommendation as to what to maintain a watch out for:

Don’t open or reply to emails from unknown sources.
Watch out for emails that ask for private, tax, banking and eFiling particulars (login credentials, passwords, pins, credit score/debit card data, and so forth.).
SARS won’t ever request your banking particulars in any communication that you just obtain by way of submit, e-mail, or SMS. Nevertheless, for the aim of telephonic engagement and authentication functions, SARS will confirm your private particulars. Importantly, SARS is not going to ship you any hyperlinks to different web sites – even these of banks.
Watch out for false SMSs.
SARS doesn’t ship *.htm or *.html attachments.
SARS won’t ever ask on your bank card particulars.

For taxpayers to legitimately verify if they’re in arrears or not, they’ll contact the establishment and request account-related queries, together with steadiness statements or an announcement of account, by sending an SMS to SARS at 47277.
Ship the next wording to 47277: Steadiness (Area) ID quantity/Passport quantity
See an instance of the rip-off under:

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