Public warned of Sars scam

THE South African Revenue Service has warned the public of a tax refund scam making the rounds.

THE South African Revenue Service has warned the public of a tax refund scam making the rounds.

In the scam the taxpayer receives an email stating he or she is eligible for R5000 to R8000 in tax refunds.

The email also says the taxpayer should submit a request for a refund and allow six to nine days to pass in order for it to be processed. The email is accompanied by Sars logo.

Sars spokesperson Adrian Lackay said it was a scam.

"People should ignore and delete it. It is one of the many examples of various scams doing rounds in newsrooms and in the public," Lackay says.

"Whenever a taxpayer receives a fax, email or letter through the post, they must call the Sars call centre to verify if the document comes from us."

The Sars call centre number is 0800-00-7277.

People can also report the scams to the Sars fraud and anti-corruption hotline on 0800-00-2870.

"At no stage must people disclose personal information such as identity numbers and bank account numbers to third parties," Lackay warned.

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