IRAS warns of scam callers telling taxpayers to pay penalties for unpaid taxes

The scammers are known to use WhatsApp to call the public.

Jean Chien Tay | August 24, 2021, 06:56 PM

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The Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) warned the public about recent cases of scammers impersonating IRAS personnel to trick the public into revealing their credit card details.

In a recent advisory, IRAS disclosed that they have received reports on suspicious calls made by scammers through WhatsApp.

The scammers would claim to be from IRAS and inform taxpayers that they were facing penalties for unpaid taxes.

Subsequently, the scammers would request taxpayers to verify their credit card details in order to "pay" for the penalty.

A screenshot of the scam call published by IRAS indicates that the scammer used a foreign number with the IRAS logo as the WhatsApp profile picture.

IRAS advises public to ignore such calls

IRAS stated that they do not call taxpayers through messaging applications such as WhatsApp, and they do not ask taxpayers to verify their credit card or bank details over the phone.

The tax authority further advised the public to ignore such calls and not to provide any personal, credit card or bank account details to the callers.

Members of the public should also refrain from making any payments to a third party account or following any instructions from the callers, according to IRAS.

Those who have been affected by the scam are also advised to lodge police reports over the matter.

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