A link in the email directs people to a fake webpage with an Inland Revenue logo where people are asked to enter personal details including their credit card details.
Anyone that falls for the scam risks having their credit card details stolen, Inland Revenue group manager for assistance Charles Ronaldson said.
Inland Revenue is asking people to ignore the email and to never click on any links within a suspicious email.
For those who may have already given away their bank details, the advice is to contact their bank or credit card provider.
To report suspicious emails that target Inland Revenue customers, people should email firstname.lastname@example.org
It is noted here that In Christchurch (before the earthquake) there were people visiting premises claiming to be from Tax Refund (www.taxrefund.co.nz). From a reliable source it was learned that Tax Refund does not have people out there going door to door and copying vital information using a camera. It is recommended that you do not let these people in or if you do do not had them any of your private information.
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