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 false 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.) as SARS will never ask taxpayers for such information in an email.
  • SARS will not request your banking details through the phone, email or websites.
  • 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-118 … Other … Refunds … Email … SCAM
 Date: 30/06/2014 Size: 1MB

SARS-Scam-119 … Other … Refunds … Email … SCAM
 Date: 23/07/2014 Size: 1MB

SARS-Scam-121 … Other … Refunds … Email … SCAM
 Date: 24/07/2014 Size: 1MB

SARS-SCAM-048 … Refunds …
 Date: 18/03/2013 Size: 119KB

Change of banking details scam warning Change of banking details scam warning Do not get caught out by a new scam involving SARS and change of banking details. Fraudsters pretending to …
 Date: 18/03/2013 Size: 134KB

SARS-SCAM-050 … Other … Refunds …
 Date: 18/03/2013 Size: 118KB

SARS-SCAM-052 … Other … Refunds …
 Date: 18/03/2013 Size: 118KB

SARS-SCAM-053 … Other … Refunds …
 Date: 18/03/2013 Size: 114KB

SARS-SCAM-055 … Other … Refunds …
 Date: 18/03/2013 Size: 122KB

SARS-SCAM-056 … Other … Refunds … Email
 Date: 18/03/2013 Size: 183KB

SARS-SCAM-057 … Other … Payments … Email
 Date: 18/03/2013 Size: 68KB

SARS-SCAM-059 … Absa … Payments … Email
 Date: 18/03/2013 Size: 109KB

SARS-SCAM-060 … Absa … Payments … Email
 Date: 18/03/2013 Size: 113KB

SARS-SCAM-061 … Payments …
 Date: 18/03/2013 Size: 115KB

SARS-SCAM-062 … Payments …
 Date: 18/03/2013 Size: 120KB

SARS-SCAM-063 … Payments …
 Date: 18/03/2013 Size: 109KB

SARS-SCAM-066 … Personal or Banking Details …
 Date: 18/03/2013 Size: 109KB

SARS-SCAM-067 … Personal or Banking Details …
 Date: 18/03/2013 Size: 120KB

SARS is currently seeing an increase in “phishing” attempts which claim to be communications from SARS. The most recent, with a subject line of “e-Tax Report Notification”, askes …
 Date: 18/03/2013 Size: 112KB

SARS-SCAM-069 … Personal or Banking Details …
 Date: 18/03/2013 Size: 114KB

SARS-SCAM-070 … Personal or Banking Details …
 Date: 18/03/2013 Size: 113KB

SARS-SCAM-071 … Payments …
 Date: 18/03/2013 Size: 109KB

SARS-SCAM-081 … Other … Refunds … Email
 Date: 18/03/2013 Size: 118KB

From: "SARS"<susp@thompsons.com> Date: 18 June 2013 13:02:01 SAST To: Recipients <susp@thompsons.com> Subject: e@syFile CONFIRMATION LETTER. e@syFile™ We have processed your request …
 Date: 11/10/2013 Size: 126KB

SARS-SCAM-093 … Other … Refunds … Email
 Date: 27/06/2013 Size: 92KB

SARS-SCAM-094 … Other … Audit … Email
 Date: 27/06/2013 Size: 92KB

SARS-SCAM-098 … Other … Refunds … Email
 Date: 25/07/2013 Size: 86KB

SARS-SCAM-101 … Other … Refunds … Email
 Date: 17/10/2013 Size: 89KB

SARS-SCAM-103 … Other … Payments … Email
 Date: 17/01/2014 Size: 89KB

A. SOURCE OF INCOME: FIFA WORLD CUP BRAZIL 2014 PROMOTION ADWARD CLAIMS NO: AK 03228 PRIZE WINNING AMOUNT : USD $500,000.00 YEAR INCOME TAX PAYABLE TAX PAID SHORT FALL TOTAL SHORTFALL …
 Date: 23/07/2014 Size: 491KB

SARS-Scam-112 … Other … Payments … Email
 Date: 23/04/2014 Size: 294KB

SARS-SCAM-095 … Other … Refunds … Email
 Date: 03/07/2013 Size: 108KB

SARS-Scam-120 … Refunds … Email … SCAM
 Date: 24/07/2014 Size: 1MB

SARS-SCAM-084 … Absa … Refunds … Email
 Date: 18/03/2013 Size: 119KB

SARS-SCAM-085 … Payments …
 Date: 17/10/2013 Size: 107KB

SARS-SCAM-086 … Other … Payments …
 Date: 18/03/2013 Size: 93KB

SARS-SCAM-087 … Other … Payments …
 Date: 18/03/2013 Size: 97KB

SARS-SCAM-088 … Other … Payments …
 Date: 18/03/2013 Size: 100KB

SARS-SCAM-089 … Payments …
 Date: 18/03/2013 Size: 107KB

From: Ebony Walls <ewalls@emich.edu> Date: 20 March 2013 9:30:28 AM SAST To: undisclosed-recipients:; Subject: E-Tax Notification (Urgent) Good Day We have attached to this email your …
 Date: 03/04/2013 Size: 12KB

From: SARS eFILING [mailto:banking@sarsefiling.co.za] Sent: 11 April 2013 10:00 AM Subject: Link your TAX system with your Bank Attention: Due to the recent report on TAX Return, South …
 Date: 12/04/2013 Size: 182KB

SARS-SCAMS-089 … Payments …
 Date: 18/03/2013 Size: 107KB

SARS-SCAM-099 … Other … Payments … Email
 Date: 29/07/2013 Size: 85KB

Scam email: And the ‘Refund’ link takes you to this web page:
 Date: 05/07/2013 Size: 204KB

SARS-SCAM-097 … Other … Personal or Banking Details … Email
 Date: 23/07/2013 Size: 86KB

SARS-Scam-116 … Other … Refunds … Email … SCAM
 Date: 04/06/2014 Size: 1MB

SARS-SCAM-102 … Other … Refunds … Email
 Date: 27/11/2013 Size: 88KB

From: Sars.eFiling [mailto:sars@c.refunds.za] Sent: 30 January 2014 07:01 AM To: Subject: Sars payment notification You have received a payment of R4,129.89 by Sars efiling. Please …
 Date: 04/02/2014 Size: 167KB

From: Internet Banking Channel [mailto:ibssupport@standardbaank.co.za] Sent: 03 February 2014 04:14 PM Subject: Your Internet Banking Profile Was Entered From a different Location …
 Date: 04/02/2014 Size: 124KB

-----Original Message-----From: SARS South Africa [mailto:info@sars.gov.za] Sent: 22 January 2014 05:37 Subject: SARS NOTICE New Tax Deduction from SARS account, Tax deduction has been made …
 Date: 04/02/2014 Size: 5KB

 

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