IRD warns against pay­ment re­quests

Matamata Chronicle - - Opinion/news -

In­land Rev­enue has is­sued a warn­ing about hoax phone calls telling peo­ple they are el­i­gi­ble for a tax re­fund.

Those mak­ing the hoax calls are claim­ing to of­fer a re­fund on the con­di­tion that peo­ple make an up­front di­rect pay­ment to a bank ac­count via Western Union.

In­land Rev­enue group man­ager, cus­tomer ser­vices, Eleanor Young, said these calls were not from In­land Rev­enue and any­one who was called should not send money to the ac­count num­ber.

“We know that some of our cus­tomers have been con­tacted by these peo­ple of­fer­ing Young said.

“Those run­ning this scam are us­ing the In­land Rev­enue brand to try to get money from peo­ple il­le­gally and they may also be at­tempt­ing to gain peo­ple’s per­sonal de­tails such as credit card and bank ac­count de­tails,” Ms Young said.

“If any­one has replied to those be­hind these scams, and given money or their per­sonal de­tails, they should contact their bank or credit card provider im­me­di­ately.”

To re­port sus­pi­cious phone calls or emails us­ing the IRD name email phish­ing@ird.govt.nz.

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