Scams and Phishing ATTACKS

You need to be aware of email scams, and so we’ve created a section of the website where we will post updates of any scams we have heard about. Similarly, we would like you to tell us about any emails you think are scams or phishing. To report or to get more information on phishing, please send an email to phishing@sars.gov.za or call the Fraud and Anti-Corruption Hotline on 0800 00 2870.

Members of the public are randomly emailed with false “spoofed” emails made to look as if these emails were sent from SARS, but are in fact fraudulent emails aimed at enticing unsuspecting taxpayers to part with personal information such as bank account details. Examples include emails that appear to be from returns@sars.co.za or refunds@sars.co.za indicating that tax payers are eligible to receive tax refunds. These emails contain links to false forms and fake 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.

Please note these are scams and SARS taxpayers should take note of the following:

  • Do not open or respond to emails from unknown sources.
  • Beware of emails that ask for personal, tax, banking and eFiling details (login credentials, passwords, pins, credit / debit card information, etc.).
  • SARS will never request your banking details in any communication that you receive via post, email, or SMS. However, for the purpose of telephonic engagement and authentication purposes, SARS will verify your personal details. Importantly, SARS will not send you any hyperlinks to other websites - even those of banks.
  • Beware of false sms's.

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Institution Specific Scams: Absa | Capitec | FNB | Nedbank | Standard Bank
Source Specific Scams: Email | Letter/Fax | Phone Call | SMS | Website
 
SARS-SCAM-202 … Other … Payments … Letter or Fax …
 Date: 20/10/2017 Size: 1MB

SARS-SCAM-204 … Other … Payments … Letter or Fax …
 Date: 20/10/2017 Size: 1MB

SARS-SCAM-201 … Other … Payments … Letter or Fax …
 Date: 04/08/2017 Size: 1MB

SARS-SCAM-197 … Other … Payments … Letter or Fax …
 Date: 03/07/2017 Size: 1MB

SARS-SCAM-193 … Other … Payments … Letter or Fax …
 Date: 09/05/2017 Size: 1MB

SARS-SCAM-192 … Other … Payments … Letter or Fax …
 Date: 04/05/2017 Size: 1MB

SARS-SCAM-187 … Other … Payments … Letter or Fax …
 Date: 06/02/2017 Size: 1MB

SARS-SCAM-179 … Other … Payments … Letter or Fax …
 Date: 28/09/2016 Size: 1MB

Name: According to our records on 2016 Deposit Type Date of deposit 2016-08 Transfer institution Receipt number Amount in ZAR R Period/Cycle start date Note: 1. 2. nonresident 3 …
 Date: 05/09/2016 Size: 1MB

SARS-SCAM-176 … Other … Payments … Letter or Fax …
 Date: 05/08/2016 Size: 1MB

SARS-SCAM-170 … Other … Payments … Letter or Fax
 Date: 03/06/2016 Size: 471KB

S,;iC-,{iriiaanse I nhtnisiediens Uphlko ir'.'e;ilnali Ezi::gena-r'g tl',linEizimi; Afrika TrielDinatiotlo ia Ai;ika.Bon"la INTERNAL INVESTIGATIONS AUDITTSECTION INVESTIGATION FIEAD …
 Date: 06/11/2015 Size: 1MB

SARS-SCAM-162 … Other … Payments … Letter or Fax …
 Date: 19/10/2015 Size: 1MB

SOUTH AFRICAN REVENUE SERVICE JOHANNESBURG SOUTH AFRICA DATE: 21 – 09 -2015 SOUTH AFRICAN REVENUE SERVICE 4 RISSIK STREET JOHANNESBURG 2196. TEL: + 27 746 341 562 FAX: + 27 866 038 472 …
 Date: 12/10/2015 Size: 1MB

SARS-SCAM-160 … Other … Payments … Letter or Fax …
 Date: 01/10/2015 Size: 1MB

SARS-SCAM-159 … Other … Payments … Letter or Fax …
 Date: 29/09/2015 Size: 1MB

SARS-SCAM-157 … Other … Payments … Letter or Fax …
 Date: 03/09/2015 Size: 1MB

SARS-SCAM-158 … Other … Payments … Letter or Fax …
 Date: 03/09/2015 Size: 1MB

SARS-SCAM-154 … Other … Payments … Letter or Fax …
 Date: 19/08/2015 Size: 1MB

SARS-SCAM-153 … Other … Payments … Letter or Fax …
 Date: 11/08/2015 Size: 1MB

SARS-SCAM-152 … Other … Payments … Letter or Fax …
 Date: 31/07/2015 Size: 1MB

SARS-SCAM-149 … Other … Payments … Letter or Fax …
 Date: 22/07/2015 Size: 1MB

SARS-SCAM-148 … Other … Payments … Letter or Fax …
 Date: 17/07/2015 Size: 1MB

(SOUTH AFRICAN REVENUE SERVICE) NATIONAL ECONOMIC RECOVERY COMMITTEE South African Revenue Service Suid-Afrikaanse Inkomstediens Uphiko Iwezimali Ezingenayo eNningizimu Afrika 46 LEBOMO …
 Date: 19/05/2015 Size: 485KB

142 … Other … Payments … Letter or Fax …
 Date: 07/05/2015 Size: 1MB

SARS-SCAM-139 … Nedbank … Payments … Letter or Fax …
 Date: 13/04/2015 Size: 1MB

SARS-SCAM-138 … Other … Payments … Letter or Fax
 Date: 09/04/2015 Size: 159KB

SARS-SCAM-137 … Other … Payments … Letter or Fax
 Date: 09/04/2015 Size: 170KB

SARS-SCAM-133 … Other … Letter or Fax …
 Date: 18/03/2015 Size: 1MB

MINIST South African Ministry of Finance Suid-Afrikaanse Inkomstediens Uphiko Iwezimali Ezingenayo Nningizimu Africa Tireiomatiotio ya Afrika-Borwa Pretoria 0001 TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN …
 Date: 03/03/2015 Size: 1MB

Scam reported to SARS on 16 February 2015 by the DailyNews newspaper: An alleged conman is swindling business in Durban of thousands of Rand by posing as the SARS acting commissioner …
 Date: 18/02/2015 Size: 1MB

SARS-Scam-122 … Other … Refunds … Letter or Fax …
 Date: 14/08/2014 Size: 1MB

SARS-SCAM-040 … Other … Payments … Letter or Fax
 Date: 14/08/2014 Size: 178KB

SARS-SCAM-014 … Other … Payments … Letter or Fax
 Date: 14/08/2014 Size: 203KB

SARS-SCAM-051 … Other … Personal or Banking Details … Letter or Fax
 Date: 12/08/2014 Size: 317KB

SARS-SCAM-058 … Other … Payments … Letter or Fax
 Date: 12/08/2014 Size: 1MB

SARS-SCAM-064 … Other … Refunds … Letter or Fax
 Date: 12/08/2014 Size: 166KB

SARS-SCAM-076 … Other … Payments … Letter or Fax
 Date: 11/08/2014 Size: 237KB

10 April 2012-Don’t be duped by fake “auditors” -Scam artists pretending to be auditors from SARS are once again contacting businesses to inform them that they are under investigation …
 Date: 11/08/2014 Size: 139KB

SOUTH AFRICAN RESERVE BANK SUID-AFRIKAANSE RESERWE BANK OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR 370 Church Street, Pretoria S/A PMB X0001 IRREVOCABLE PAYMENT ORDER Dear Email Owner /Fund Beneficiary …
 Date: 11/08/2014 Size: 144KB

SARS-SCAM-001 … Other … Payments … Letter or Fax
 Date: 11/08/2014 Size: 164KB

SARS-SCAM-007 … Other … Personal or Banking Details … Letter or Fax
 Date: 11/08/2014 Size: 136KB

SARS-SCAM-009 … Other … Personal or Banking Details … Letter or Fax
 Date: 11/08/2014 Size: 137KB

SARS-SCAM-018 … Other … Personal or Banking Details … Letter or Fax
 Date: 11/08/2014 Size: 144KB

SARS-SCAM-020 … Other … Personal or Banking Details … Letter or Fax
 Date: 11/08/2014 Size: 108KB

SARS-SCAM-025 … Other … Payments … Letter or Fax
 Date: 11/08/2014 Size: 146KB

SARS-SCAM-026 … Other … Payments … Letter or Fax
 Date: 11/08/2014 Size: 165KB

SARS-SCAM-032 … Other … Payments … Letter or Fax
 Date: 11/08/2014 Size: 150KB

SARS-SCAM-034 … Other … Payments … Letter or Fax
 Date: 11/08/2014 Size: 102KB

SARS-SCAM-041 … Other … Letter or Fax
 Date: 11/08/2014 Size: 2MB

 

 Examples of latest scams

 
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