Police have urged the public to be vigilant after recent reports revealed that callers pretending to be from government departments, predominantly the Inland Revenue Department (IRD) had demanded money in the form of vouchers.
Over the past two weeks Inland Revenue have recieved reports of a telephone phishing scam from several hundreds of customers around New Zealand
Scammers claiming to be from Inland Revenue are cold calling people to say they are being investigated for tax fraud. The scammer requests personal information including the person's IRD number, before threatening them with legal action. In some cases people are told they must pay a debt urgently or face jail. Some customers have reported the callers becoming angry and agressive when challenged.
Some people have also reported scammers leaving voicemails stating the recipient is subject to criminal action for tax fraud, leaving a phone number for the person to return the call.
Inland Revenue has issued a reminder to its customers that it's staff would not leave messages like this for its customers.
If you do recieve a suspicious email, SMS or fradulent call, please email email@example.com and include:
- the email received, or
- the number that the text message or phone number (CallerID) originated from
- any names and call-back numbers given by the text sender or phone caller
- details about the scam including: the amount of tax refund quoted, the reference number, the information requested, and any other relevant information.
For more information on IRD scams, please refer to their website by clicking here
When receiving any call demanding money, NZ Police advise: