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.).
  • 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-195 … Other … Refunds … Email …
 Date: 24/05/2017 Size: 1MB

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

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

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

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

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

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

-------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

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

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

SARS-Scam-120 … Refunds … Email …
 Date: 12/08/2014 Size: 1MB

SOUTH AFRICA REVENUE SERVICES REFUND Dear Taxpayer, After calculations of last year annual fiscal activities, we realized that you are eligible to receive a Tax refund of R1, 250.75 …
 Date: 12/08/2014 Size: 134KB

SARS-SCAM-074 … Other … Refunds … Email
 Date: 12/08/2014 Size: 232KB

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

SARS-SCAM-078 … Other … Refunds …
 Date: 12/08/2014 Size: 179KB

SARS-SCAM-081 … Other … Refunds …
 Date: 11/08/2014 Size: 118KB

SARS-SCAM-084 … Absa … Refunds … Email
 Date: 11/08/2014 Size: 119KB

SARS-SCAM-093 … Other … Refunds … Email
 Date: 11/08/2014 Size: 92KB

SARS-SCAM-098 … Other … Refunds … Email
 Date: 11/08/2014 Size: 86KB

SARS-SCAM-095 … Other … Refunds … Email
 Date: 11/08/2014 Size: 108KB

Scam email: And the ‘Refund’ link takes you to this web page:
 Date: 11/08/2014 Size: 204KB

SARS-SCAM-101 … Other … Refunds … Email
 Date: 11/08/2014 Size: 89KB

SARS-SCAM-102 … Other … Refunds … Email
 Date: 11/08/2014 Size: 88KB

SARS-SCAM-002 … Other … Refunds … Email
 Date: 11/08/2014 Size: 134KB

SARS-SCAM-003 … Other … Refunds … Email
 Date: 11/08/2014 Size: 152KB

SARS-SCAM-006 … Other … Refunds … Email
 Date: 11/08/2014 Size: 124KB

SARS-SCAM-005 … Other … Refunds … Email
 Date: 11/08/2014 Size: 145KB

SARS-SCAM-004 … Other … Refunds … Email
 Date: 11/08/2014 Size: 135KB

SARS-SCAM-012 … Other … Email
 Date: 11/08/2014 Size: 132KB

SARS-SCAM-011 … Other … Email
 Date: 11/08/2014 Size: 133KB

SARS-SCAM-010 … Other … Refunds … Email
 Date: 11/08/2014 Size: 154KB

SARS-SCAM-008 … Other … Email
 Date: 11/08/2014 Size: 103KB

SARS-SCAM-015 … Refunds … Email
 Date: 11/08/2014 Size: 120KB

SARS-SCAM-016 … Other … Refunds … Email
 Date: 11/08/2014 Size: 113KB

SARS-SCAM-017 … Other … Refunds … Email
 Date: 11/08/2014 Size: 133KB

SARS-SCAM-019 … Other … Refunds … Email
 Date: 11/08/2014 Size: 139KB

SARS-SCAM-024 … Other … Refunds …
 Date: 11/08/2014 Size: 90KB

SARS-SCAM-022 … Standard Bank … Refunds … Email
 Date: 11/08/2014 Size: 111KB

 

 Examples of latest scams

 
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