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Hoax email warning

Inland Revenue

6 August 2010


Inland Revenue is warning people not to respond to a hoax email claiming to offer a tax refund.

The link in the email directs people to a fake webpage with an Inland Revenue logo, as well as logos of some financial institutions. It tries to get the recipient to log into a screen by clicking on a logo.

Inland Revenue Group Manager, Assistance, Charles Ronaldson, said anyone who enters information risks having their details stolen.

"We know this email is circulating and our advice to people is to ignore it," Mr Ronaldson said.

"The site is trying to use the Inland Revenue brand to try to access account details of people visiting the site."

"Our advice is to never click on any links within a suspicious email, do not reply to the email, and delete it from your inbox," Mr Ronaldson said.

"You should always be very careful about giving out your IRD number or your personal details. If someone has given their details to the people behind any sort of hoax, they should contact us on 0800 227 774."

Suspicious emails targeting Inland Revenue customers should be reported to phishing@ird.govt.nz

For further information:

Graham McKerracher
(04) 890 1743
(029) 890 1743
graham.mckerracher@ird.govt.nz


Source: http://www.ird.govt.nz/aboutir/media-centre/media-releases/2010/media-release-2010-08-06.html

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