Scams and Phishing

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Scams and Phishing

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 [email protected] or call the Fraud and Anti-Corruption Hotline on 0800 00 2870. To see all current SARS surveys, emails and SMSs, click here

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 [email protected] or [email protected] indicating that taxpayers 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 SMSs.
  • SARS does not send *.htm or *.html attachments.
  • SARS will never ask for your credit card details.

Top Tip: In order for a tax practitioner to charge you for their services, they must be registered. You can check here whether your Tax Practitioner is registered with SARS and a Recognised Controlling Body (RCB).

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Examples of Latest Scams

SARS-SCAM-322 – Email Pending Tax Returns Statement – 8 September 2022

SARS-SCAM-321 – SMS SARS correspondence – 6 September 2022

SARS-SCAM-320 – SARS electronic statement – 18 July 2022

SARS-SCAM-319 – Summons letter – 13 July 2022

SARS-SCAM-318 – Standard Bank’s SARS Invoice – 6 July 2022

SARS-SCAM-317 – Admin Penalty TICKET NUMBER 2022GTMWEB – 26 May 2022

SARS-SCAM-316 – Demand notice copy from Gauteng Government – 25 May 2022

SARS-SCAM-315 – Payment of 50% of account – 24 May 2022

SARS-SCAM-314 – Blockchain wallet link for Demand Notice – 24 May 2022

SARS-SCAM-313 – SARS letter of demand – 17 May 2022

SARS-SCAM-312 – Important notification – 16 May 2022

SARS-SCAM-311 – SARS eFiling notification – 14 April 2022

SARS-SCAM-310 – Letter of Demand email – 13 April 2022

SARS-SCAM-309 – Customer PO Order – 6 April 2022

SARS-SCAM-308 – Statement of Account SMS – 3 March 2022

SARS-SCAM-307 – Tax refunds SMS – 3 March 2022

SARS-SCAM-306 – Letter of summons – 3 March 2022

SARS-SCAM-305 – Letter of demand SMS – 24 January 2022

SARS-SCAM-304 – Income Tax refund – 3 December 2021

SARS-SCAM-303 – Refund checker – 26 October 2021

SARS-Scam-302 – Notification to SARS – 15 September 2021

SARS-SCAM-301 – Final demand – 16 August 2021

SARS-SCAM-300 – Rejection on Administrative Penalty 2021 – 27 July 2021

SARS-SCAM-299 -Tax Notice – 26 July 2021

SARS-SCAM-298 – Learnership SMS – 3 June 2021

SARS-SCAM-297- eFiling penalties – 2 June 2021

SARS-SCAM-296 – SARS Payment Notice – 4 May 2021

SARS-SCAM-295 – Letter of demand SMS – 16 April 2021

SARS-SCAM-294 – SARS Disbursement of Federal Funds for WHO – 8 March 2021

SARS-SCAM-293 – Fraudulent email titled Redeem Tax Returns – 24 February 2021

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