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Scam alert: Iras warns of email impersonating tax collectors issuing notices on overdue payments

SINGAPORE — The Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (Iras) has warned the public not to open or reply to an email message by senders pretending to be official tax collectors, after it became aware of such a message making its rounds.

Scam alert: Iras warns of email impersonating tax collectors issuing notices on overdue payments

In the latest ongoing scam, a message will appear as being from the “Singapore Government Tax Authority”, with the subject heading “Outstanding tax payments”.

SINGAPORE — The Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (Iras) has warned the public not to open or reply to an email message by senders pretending to be official tax collectors, after it became aware of such a message making its rounds.

In an advisory issued on Friday (Nov 12), Iras said that the email message would show up as being from the “Singapore Government Tax Authority”, with the subject heading “Outstanding tax payments”.

The message would state that the individual has overdue taxes and should visit their bank or tax office with the tax receipts attached to the email.

“Iras would like to advise members of the public to ignore the email and not to respond, provide any personal details, make any payment or download any attachments in the email.”

The documents, it added, may contain malicious computer viruses.

It pointed out that official email messages from the agency end with @iras.gov.sg.

“Iras does not send taxpayers’ payment statements and tax notices over email. They are deposited in the myTax Portal and taxpayers have to log in with their Singpass (digital identity) to retrieve them,” Iras added.

Those who have been affected by the scam are advised to file police reports.

In August, Iras warned the public not to answer calls through messaging service WhatsApp by people pretending to be from the agency, after it received reports of such scams.

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