SARS warns of new “wallet” scam targeting South Africans

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has received reports of phishing attempts indicating that tax payments should be made on blockchain wallets.

The notification, which appears to come from SARS, encourages taxpayers to settle outstanding debts to a blockchain wallet address or face blacklist.

The revenue collector noted that members of the public are randomly emailed with fake “spoofed” emails made to look like these emails were sent by SARS, but are actually fraudulent emails sometimes to entice unsuspecting taxpayers to separate from personal information such as particular bank accounts.

Examples include emails that appear to come from [email protected] or [email protected] indicating that taxpayers are entitled to a refund of taxes.

These emails contain links to fake forms and fake websites made to look “real”, but with the aim of tricking people into entering personal information such as bank account details that criminals extract and use fraudulently.

SARS taxpayers should take note of the following:

  • Do not open or reply to emails from unknown sources.
  • Beware of emails that require personal, fiscal, banking and eFiling data (login credentials, passwords, pins, credit / debit card details, etc.).
  • SARS will never ask for your bank details in any communication you will receive by post, email or SMS. However, for the purposes of telephone engagement and authentication purposes, SARS will verify your personal data. Importantly, SARS will not send you hyperlinks to other websites, not even those of banks.
  • Beware of fake SMS.
  • SARS does not send * .htm or * .html attachments.
  • SARS will never ask for your credit card information.

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