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Inland Revenue warns customers to ignore fraudulent faxes

Inland Revenue warns customers to ignore fraudulent faxes


30 July 2013

Inland Revenue warns customers to ignore fraudulent faxes

Inland Revenue is warning customers to be alert for fraudulent faxes claiming to be from the department which could result in the theft of confidential information.

“The scheme involves businesses being asked to complete and return a property disclosure form to someone calling themselves ‘Marcauley Saunders’ who claims to work at Inland Revenue,” Group Manager Customer Services, Eleanor Young, said.

“We want to make our customers aware that this is a scam, this person does not work for Inland Revenue, and this is a deliberate attempt to use the Inland Revenue logo and brand to steal confidential and personal information.

“Any information that is given to these fraudsters can result in a business or individuals suffering identity and data theft and possible financial loss.”

Ms Young said that Inland Revenue is aware that the fake documents have been sent to tax advisors and real estate agents and is asking anyone who receives one of these faxes to destroy it immediately.

“This scheme has been used in the United Kingdom and unfortunately it is now being attempted in New Zealand as well.

“We ask our customers to keep their IRD numbers, tax information, online passwords and all other data safe at all times.

“If you think someone is using an identity fraudulently, or attempting to steal your confidential information, please send an email to phishing@ird.govt.nz

“If anyone has replied to those behind these scams, and given money or their personal details, they should contact their bank or credit card provider immediately,” Ms Young said.

Information is available on the Inland Revenue website - http://www.ird.govt.nz/news-updates/like-to-know-suspicious-emails.html.
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