Iras warns against scam calls and e-mails that solicit taxpayers' personal information

Iras advises the public to delete suspicious e-mails asking for personal details. PHOTO: IRAS/FACEBOOK

SINGAPORE - The Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (Iras) has issued a warning about e-mails and calls from scammers who impersonate its officers.

In an advisory on Friday (June 10), Iras said potential victims will be told that they are eligible for a refund due to overpayment of taxes.

The phishing e-mail spoofs the @iras.gov.sg domain, and will solicit recipients' personal information, including their bank account details and one-time passwords.

Unauthorised transactions were made after such information was furnished.

"Members of the public are advised not to download any attachments or click on links in the e-mail, provide any personal details, make any payment or follow any instructions provided," Iras said.

It added that it would not solicit any confidential credit card or bank account information by e-mail or over the phone.

Instead, all tax transactions are done through mytax.iras.gov.sg using Singpass login.

Iras advises the public to delete suspicious e-mails asking for personal details, and not download any attached files.

If one suspects he has fallen prey to the scam, he should lodge a police report.

On Wednesday, Iras warned of similar scam e-mails targeting corporate tax returns.

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