SARS Scams and Phishing attacks

​SARS Scams and Phishing attacks

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Members of the public are randomly emailed with false "spoofed" e-mails.  These e-mails are made to look as if they were sent from SARS  but are in fact fraudulent aimed at enticing unsuspecting taxpayers to part with personal information such as bank account details. Examples include emails that appear to be from or indicating that taxpayers are eligible to receive tax refunds. These e-mails 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.  Once you've entered the information, such as your bank account details, criminals extract it and use it fraudulently to access your money!

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 e-Filing 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, e-mail, 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.

SARS does not send *.htm or *.html attachments.

SARS will never ask for your credit card details.

To report or to get more information on phishing, please send an email to or call the Fraud and Anti-Corruption Hotline on 0800 00 2870.

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