TOP TIPS TO PROTECTING YOURSELF AGAINST IDENTITY THEFT AND IDENTITY FRAUD

1.  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.

2.  Never give anyone your ID number or other personal information unless you initiated the contact or you are sure
     you know who you are dealing with.

3.  Protect your financial information. Ensure that your tax information, bank statements and other financial documents
     are kept in a secure place.

4.  Don’t respond to emails that provide you with a website link which requires you to log in and provide your 
     password details or update your personal information.

Top Tip: Be sure you can identify a secure website:
  • Check the website URL. The website address usually starts with HTTP but with a secure connection the address should begin with HTTPS. The S stands for 'Secure'.

  • The lock icon is not just a picture. Click or double-click on it to see the details of the site's security. This is important to know as some fraudulent websites are built with a bar at the bottom of the webpage to copy the lock icon of the browser. Therefore it is necessary to test the icon to make sure you can view the security information.
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5.   Keep secure personal information such as your ID Book, Passport and bank statements in your home. Shred all
      financial and personal information before disposing of it.

6.   Protect your personal computers by using firewalls, anti-spam/virus software and update security patches.

7.   Change your passwords for Internet accounts on a monthly basis.

8.   Tighten up on your social networking security settings. Criminals can make use of information obtained on 
      Facebook and other sites to steal your identity.

9.   Check your credit record at least every 12 months to confirm that no unknown accounts or credit facilities have 
      been opened in your name.

10. Protect your information by registering with the South African Fraud Prevention Services if your ID or passport has 
      been stolen. This can be done at www.safps.org.za.

11. 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.

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Last Updated: 05/08/2016 4:30 PM     print this page
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