IRD Phishing Scam

IRD Phishing Scam

 

There is currently a large-scale phone scam running regarding “unpaid taxes”. These calls are not legitimate and are not coming from Inland Revenue. IRD are working with the relevant authorities to have the phone numbers disconnected; however, new phone numbers continue to be established.

 

The scam calls have been made to landlines and mobile phones, with messages being left on voicemail if the calls haven't been answered.

The callers state that they are from the Inland Revenue Department and the following scenarios have been reported, that the customer:
is wanted for historic tax evasion or tax avoidance

  • has a red flag on their file
  • is in debt

 

and they or their lawyer must return the call as soon as possible. Some customer have been told to make a payment via Western Union within 30 minutes, or risk arrest. 

Inland Revenue staff would not leave messages like these. If you receive a suspicious email, SMS scam message or a fraudulent call, please email phishing@ird.govt.nz

 

Please help us to stop them by:
- Not responding, or hanging up on those phone numbers (see table below)

- Contacting your phone provider (for example 2degrees, Spark, Vodafone etc.)
and asking them to block the callers

- Continuing to report phone numbers (if not noted below) to phishing@ird.govt.nz

Current malicious phone numbers

04 830 0495
04 830 2441
04 830 2448
04 830 2447
04 830 2451
04 830 2452
04 830 3418
04 830 3450
04 830 3454
04 830 3455
04 830 3495
09 887 2904
09 887 3903
09 887 3904
09 887 4061
09 887 4303
09 887 4904
09 887 8523
09 887 9304
09 974 9629
09 974 9581
09 974 9628
06 824 1124
09 950 8821
09 950 8826
09 950 8850
09 950 8824

Posted: Wed 20 Jul 2016

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