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Current scam examples
We have had several different phishing emails reported to us this week. Most contain links in them that take you to fake forms that are trying to make you believe they belong to IRD. One email is asking for you to reply to it with personal and credit card details.
These emails are sent from a variety of addresses. If you have clicked on the form and submitted any personal or credit card data please contact your bank immediately. We also recommend you contact IDcare at www.idcare.org or phone 0800 201 415.
We are actively investigating these phishing emails.
Are you a victim of identity theft?
If you have fallen for a scam, given away personal information or suspect your identity has been stolen, please see our "Victim support" page.
The most common methods used by fraudsters to collect someone's personal information are email and phone scams. These include phoning and claiming to be from Inland Revenue, or sending an email that appears to come from Inland Revenue or a tax refund agency.
We investigate and take action on reports of phishing and new attempts will be posted to this website.
If you receive a suspicious email, SMS scam message or a fraudulent call please email email@example.com and include:
- the email received, or
- the number that the text message or phone number (CallerID) originated from
- any names and call-back numbers given by the text sender or phone caller
- details about the scam including:
- the amount of tax refund quoted
- the reference number
- the information requested, and
- any other relevant information.
Scams targeting our customers
Scammers claiming to be from Inland Revenue are cold calling people to say they are being investigated for tax fraud. The scammer requests personal information including the person's IRD number, before threatening them with legal action. In some cases people are told they must pay a debt urgently or face jail.
Some people have also reported scammers leaving voicemails stating the recipient is subject to criminal action for tax fraud, leaving a phone number for the person to return the call.
More and more phishing email scams are appearing with the Inland Revenue logo on them. These are to fool people into believing they are genuine and that you are eligible for a tax refund.
We will never advise you that you are due a tax refund through email.
Examples of a scam using a fraudulent Inland Revenue email
This is not from IRD
Example of a scam using a fraudulent Inland Revenue website address