Recently new scam emails have been sent asking people for their myIR log in details and falsely confirming tax refunds.
Here is an example of a scam email one of our staff has received. Our staff’s email address has been redacted in black for privacy reasons. Highlighted in red you can see that the sender is not Inland Revenue and further the external link does not go to an official Inland Revenue site.
IRD has posted more examples of scam emails on their website:
Please always double check before you take any action on any IRD emails received or before providing sensitive information.
If in doubt, phone our offices and our team will be happy to help!
Currently there are also scam emails and phone calls circulating that relate to COVID-19 vaccines. CERT NZ was made aware of an email scam claiming to offer money for taking a survey on the Pfizer vaccine and also a compromised Facebook account that has been used to solicit payments from people claiming they are eligible for COVID-19 relief payments.
Reminder: The COVID-19 vaccine is free. At no stage will people have to provide bank account or card details.
Vaccines will be rolled out through a COVID-19 immunisation programme as supply becomes available. Vaccinations for the general public are expected to begin in the second half of 2021.
All details can be found here:
If you want to report any scam emails, phone calls or other suspicious activity, you can do it online through CERT: