SARS warns of new ‘wallet’ scam targeting South Africans

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has received reports about phishing attempts that indicate tax payments should be made to blockchain wallets.

The notification, which purports to be from SARS, encourages taxpayers to settle outstanding debts to a blockchain wallet address or face blacklisting.

The revenue collector noted that 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 taxpayers to part with personal information such as bank account details.

Examples include emails that appear to be from [email protected] or [email protected] indicating that taxpayers are eligible to receive tax refunds.

These emails contain links to false forms and fake websites made to look like the “real thing”, but with the aim of fooling people into entering personal information such as bank account details which the criminals then extract and use fraudulently.

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.).
  • SARS will never request your banking details in any communication that you receive via post, email, or SMS. However, for the purpose of telephonic engagement and authentication purposes, SARS will verify your personal details. Importantly, SARS will not send you any hyperlinks to other websites – even those of banks.
  • Beware of false SMSs.
  • SARS does not send *.htm or *.html attachments.
  • SARS will never ask for your credit card details.

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SARS warns of new ‘wallet’ scam targeting South Africans