Hoax emails have been doing the rounds claiming that the recipient is due a tax refund. Some of these claim to be from a company calling themselves “NZ Tax Refunds” and others claim to be from the IRD.
The most recent hoax email claims to be from IRD advising that after the last annual calculation the recipient is due a refund of $988.50 – and requesting the recipient to click on a “Refund me now” link. The link goes to a false internet banking login page which asks for your personal login details.
Here’s an example of the hoax email doing the rounds this week:
After the last annual calculations of your fiscal activity, we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund of $988.50. Please submit the tax refund request and allow us 3-5 days in order to process it.
Click Refund Me Now to submit your tax refund request.
Note: A refund can be delayed a variety of reasons, for example submitting invalid records or applying after deadline.
Inland Revenue – Te Tari Taake
If you have received one of these emails, just delete it without clicking on any of the links.
And if you suspect you have responded to a fraudulent email, please call your bank immediately to alert them.
To be safe, always type your bank’s web address (for example www.bnz.co.nz) directly into your browser rather than following a link – and remember your bank will never send emails with links to internet banking login pages nor to pages that ask for personal information.
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