SARS Sounds Alarm on Phishing Scam: Don’t Click, Just Delete

SARS reach taxpayers
  • The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has issued a scam alert, warning the public about phishing attempts involving emails with suspicious links claiming to show accounts in arrears.
  • SARS advises the public not to click on these links and to delete such emails immediately. If in doubt, individuals are encouraged to forward these emails to phishing@sars.gov.za for investigation.
  • The public is urged to stay vigilant, ensure their computer’s security software is up-to-date, and always verify the authenticity of emails, especially those asking for personal information or immediate action.

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has issued a scam alert, warning the public to be cautious of unsolicited requests to click on links to view accounts in arrears.

The alert, issued on 6 June 2023, comes in response to a surge in phishing attempts where individuals receive emails containing suspicious links. These emails, often disguised as official communications, prompt recipients to click on a link to view their account status or outstanding balances.

SARS has urged the public not to click on these links and to delete such emails immediately. The revenue service has stressed that it does not send emails asking individuals to click on links to view their accounts in arrears.

“Phishing scams are a common tactic used by cybercriminals to trick individuals into revealing sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details,” said a spokesperson for SARS. “We urge everyone to be vigilant and to not click on any suspicious links.”

In case of doubt, individuals are encouraged to forward these emails to phishing@sars.gov.za, the official email address dedicated to handling such cases. This will allow SARS to investigate the source of these emails and take appropriate action.

SARS has also advised individuals to ensure their computer’s security software is up to date, as this can provide an additional layer of protection against phishing attempts.

The public is reminded to always verify the authenticity of emails and to be wary of any communication that asks for personal information or prompts for immediate action.

Stay vigilant, stay safe, and remember: when in doubt, reach out to SARS directly.

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