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-205 … Other … Payments … Email …
 Date: 23/11/2017 Size: 1MB

SARS-SCAM-203 … Other … Payments … Email …
 Date: 20/10/2017 Size: 1MB

--------Forwarded Message --------Subject:URGENT: SARS LETTER OF DEMAND Date:Mon, 24 Jul 2017 11:06:00 +0000 From:notice@sars.gov.za Reply-To:noreply@sars.gov.za OUR REF: SARS/9120089ZA RE …
 Date: 25/07/2017 Size: 492KB

VSARS SOUTH AFRICAN REVENUE SERVICE 61/62 Margaret Mncadi Avenue, Corner of Grove & Margaret Mncadi Avenue, Durban, 4001, South Africa Attention: Hep Yanez Guinn via Correspondence …
 Date: 25/07/2017 Size: 1MB

SARS-SCAM-198 … Other … Refunds … Email …
 Date: 07/07/2017 Size: 1MB

1 Fraudulent email: From: Rick Homer [mailto:rick@onsitesatellite.com] Sent: 09 June 2017 08:58 AM To: Rick Homer; 3rd Party Data Support Cc: ALB Inbound; DOR Inbound Subject: Capital …
 Date: 09/06/2017 Size: 2MB

SARS-SCAM-195 … Other … Refunds … Email …
 Date: 24/05/2017 Size: 1MB

SARS-SCAM-194 … Other … Payments … Email …
 Date: 12/05/2017 Size: 1MB

SARS-SCAM-190 … Other … Personal or Banking Details … Email …
 Date: 09/03/2017 Size: 1MB

SARS-SCAM-189 … Other … Refunds … Email …
 Date: 21/02/2017 Size: 1MB

From: Diamond Pretorius <pretoriusdiamond@gmail.com> Sent: Wednesday 8 February 2017 14:51 Subject: SARS Learnership Program -March 2017 Dear Applicant I am pleased to inform you that …
 Date: 09/02/2017 Size: 1MB

SARS-SCAM-186 … Other … Payments … Email …
 Date: 31/01/2017 Size: 1MB

From: South African Revenue Service (SARS) <contact.south@sars-gov-za.site.bz>; To: < Cc: <jonas.makwakwa@sars-gov-za.site.bz>; Subject: Interception of Parcel addressed in your Name …
 Date: 06/01/2017 Size: 1MB

From: Custom Department <sars.customdepartment@consultant.com> Date: Wed, Jan 4, 2017 at 2:41 PM Subject: Urgent Notice To You To: Welcome to the Customs South Africa ATTN: Greetings …
 Date: 06/01/2017 Size: 494KB

SARS-SCAM-182 … Other … Payments … Email …
 Date: 09/12/2016 Size: 1MB

SARS-SCAM-181 … Other … Email …
 Date: 09/11/2016 Size: 1MB

SARS-SCAM-180 … Other … Payments … Email …
 Date: 29/09/2016 Size: 1MB

SARS-SCAM-177 … Other … Refunds … Email …
 Date: 10/08/2016 Size: 1MB

SARS-SCAM-175 … Other … Refunds … Email …
 Date: 14/07/2016 Size: 1MB

SARS-SCAM-174 … Other … Refunds … Email …
 Date: 12/07/2016 Size: 1MB

SARS-SCAM-171 … Other … Refunds … Email …
 Date: 23/06/2016 Size: 1MB

SARS-SCAM-172 … Other … Refunds … Email …
 Date: 23/06/2016 Size: 1MB

SARS-SCAM-173 … Other … Personal or Banking Details … Email …
 Date: 23/06/2016 Size: 1MB

Tax Clearance Certificate Number 0064/1/2016/0006104920 Tax Clearance Letter Enquiries 0800 00 7278 Approved Date 2016-18-05 Expiry Date 2017-03-01 Clearance Registration Number 2016 …
 Date: 23/05/2016 Size: 1MB

SARS-SCAM-166 … Other … Payments … Email …
 Date: 21/04/2016 Size: 1MB

-----Original Message-----From: SARS [mailto:creditors1@inoutbox.com] Sent: 15 April 2016 09:20 AM To: Accounts Subject: Payment Error Att: Pamela Please refer to the attachments for our …
 Date: 15/04/2016 Size: 1MB

1 From: Al Wehn <alind.international@yahoo.com> Reply-To: Al Wehn <alind.international@yahoo.com> Date: Wednesday 23 March 2016 at 12:38 PM To: Mark Kingon Cc: Maria Executive , Maria …
 Date: 23/03/2016 Size: 1MB

--------Пересылаемое сообщение --------От кого: South African Revenue <revenueservice@live.co.za> Кому: "gromovaanastasia@mail.ru" <gromovaanastasia@mail.ru> Дата: Вторник, 16 февраля 2016 …
 Date: 17/02/2016 Size: 1MB

-----Original Message -----From: Rebecca Nkqayi To: undisclosed-recipients: Sent: Thursday, October 29, 2015 2:37 PM Subject: SARS LEARNERSHIP PROGRAMME 2016 (CPT & GP) Dear Applicant I am …
 Date: 30/10/2015 Size: 473KB

SARS-SCAM-156 … Other … Payments … Email … 1 SCAM2 SCAM
 Date: 25/08/2015 Size: 1MB

SARS-SCAM-155 … Other … Email …
 Date: 25/08/2015 Size: 1MB

SARS-SCAM-151 … Other … Refunds … Email …
 Date: 30/07/2015 Size: 1MB

SARS-SCAM-150 … Other … Refunds … Email …
 Date: 24/07/2015 Size: 1MB

SARS-SCAM-147 … Other … Payments … Email …
 Date: 18/06/2015 Size: 1MB

 Date: 17/06/2015 Size: 1MB

SARS-SCAM-146 … Other … Payments … Email …
 Date: 17/06/2015 Size: 1MB

SARS-SCAM-144 … Other … Payments … Email …
 Date: 09/06/2015 Size: 1MB

From: Konanani Maluwa <KMaluwa@sars.gov.za> To: "'CHRIS@GOLDEN-OAK.CO.ZA'" <CHRIS@GOLDEN-OAK.CO.ZA> Subject: THE GOLDEN OAK MANAGEMENT CO PTY LTD (7290784018) Date: April 20, 2015 at …
 Date: 21/04/2015 Size: 1MB

From: John Dumisani <privatematters_jmd@live.co.za> Date: April 20, 2015 at 14:49:05 GMT+2 To: Cc: Subject: SARS Guarantee Dear brother, Our lawyer has finally received a letter from …
 Date: 21/04/2015 Size: 1MB

From: SARS RETURNS 2015 [mailto:kleberrodrigues61@gmail.com] Sent: 07 April 2015 12:48 PM Subject: SARS RETURNS 2015 Dear Taxpayer, This is to inform you that you have qualified for …
 Date: 08/04/2015 Size: 1MB

SARS-SCAM-135 … Other … Refunds … Email …
 Date: 23/03/2015 Size: 1MB

SARS-SCAM-134 … Other … Payments … Email …
 Date: 20/03/2015 Size: 1MB

-------Original Message-------From: South African Revenue Service Date: 03/02/2015 18:37:19 To: Subject: Tax Refund. South African Revenue Service (SARS) Dear Client, We are pleased to inform …
 Date: 04/02/2015 Size: 1MB

SARS-SCAM-129 … Other … Refunds … Email …
 Date: 02/02/2015 Size: 1MB

--------Original Message --------Subject: SARS Tax Refund and E-Products Promotions Date: 2015-01-14 18:26 From: SARS TAX REFUND <clunit2011@hotmail.com> To: Date: 14/01/2015 Dear Client, SARS …
 Date: 15/01/2015 Size: 1MB

1 Scroll down to see the scam form being emailed as an attachment. SCAM2 SCAM3 SCAM
 Date: 17/12/2014 Size: 1MB

SARS-SCAM-126 … Other … Refunds … Email …
 Date: 10/11/2014 Size: 1MB

SARS-SCAM-124 … Other … Refunds … Email …
 Date: 07/10/2014 Size: 1MB

SARS-SCAM-125 … Other … Refunds … Email …
 Date: 07/10/2014 Size: 1MB

SARS-SCAM-123 … FNB … Refunds … Email …
 Date: 01/09/2014 Size: 1MB

 

 Examples of latest scams

 
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