There is a steady increase in email scams and phishing attacks in which the SARS brand is being abused. Members of the public are randomly emailed with false "spoofed” emails made to look as if these emails were sent from SARS, but are in fact fraudulent emails aimed at enticing unsuspecting tax payers to part with personal information such as bank account details”. Examples include emails to appear to be from firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com indicating that tax payers are eligible to receive TAX refunds. These emails contain links to false forms and false websites made to look like the "real thing”, but with the objective to fool people into entering personal information such as bank account details which the criminals then extract and use fraudulently.
Please note these are scams and SARS taxpayers should take note of the following:
Do not open or respond to emails from unknown sources.
Beware of emails that ask for personal, tax, banking and eFiling details (login credentials, passwords, pins, credit / debit card information, etc) as SARS will never ask taxpayers for such information in an email.
SARS will not request your banking details through the phone, email or websites.
Beware of false sms's.
To report or to get more information on phishing, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Fraud and Anti-Corruption Hotline on 0800 00 2870.
For the information on the latest phishing/scam emails, click here.
Section 240A of the Tax Administration Act, 2011 (as amended) requires that all tax practitioners register with a recognized controlling body before 1 July 2013. It is a criminal offense to not register with both a recognized controlling body and SARS.