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

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

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

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: 11/08/2014 Size: 110KB

February 2012 -SMS Scam-PLEASE SEND YOUR ID & TAX NUMBER TO 08XXXXXXXX BEFORE COB MONDAY 27/02 TO AVOID ANY PAYMENT DELAYS.
 Date: 11/08/2014 Size: 80KB

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: 11/08/2014 Size: 182KB

SARS-SCAM-097 … Other … Personal or Banking Details … Email
 Date: 11/08/2014 Size: 86KB

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-013 … Other … Personal or Banking Details …
 Date: 11/08/2014 Size: 116KB

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-030 … Other … Personal or Banking Details … Email
 Date: 11/08/2014 Size: 164KB

SARS-SCAM-046 … Other … Personal or Banking Details …
 Date: 11/08/2014 Size: 115KB

SARS-SCAM-045 … Other … Personal or Banking Details …
 Date: 11/08/2014 Size: 142KB

27 July 2011 -Scam alert -It came to our attention that taxpayers are phoned by a person who pretends being from SARS and asking for banking details. Please note we will not ask for …
 Date: 11/08/2014 Size: 80KB

SARS-SCAM-066 … Personal or Banking Details …
 Date: 11/08/2014 Size: 109KB

SARS-SCAM-067 … Personal or Banking Details …
 Date: 11/08/2014 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: 11/08/2014 Size: 112KB

SARS-SCAM-069 … Personal or Banking Details …
 Date: 11/08/2014 Size: 114KB

SARS-SCAM-070 … Personal or Banking Details …
 Date: 11/08/2014 Size: 113KB

20 July 2012 -New Customs /Parcel scams -Scamsters will use a member of the public’s contact details, and telephone claiming to be “customs officials” or “clearing agents”. They will …
 Date: 11/08/2014 Size: 110KB

SARS-SCAM-106 … Other … Personal or Banking Details … Letter or Fax …
 Date: 11/08/2014 Size: 1MB

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: 11/08/2014 Size: 1MB

-----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: 11/08/2014 Size: 458KB

 

 Examples of latest scams

 
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