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IRAS Cautions Singaporeans about Tax-Related Fake E-mails

IRAS recently issued an alert for the country's taxpayers for remaining vigilant about scam e-mails related to tax refunds currently pretending to be from the Authority while hitting their (taxpayers) inboxes, so published channelnewsasia.com dated March 7, 2014.

It maybe noted that functioning like one statutory board, IRAS is the responsibility of the Singapore Government's Ministry of Finance as it collects citizens' taxes.

Displaying a header "Your 2013 Tax Return Report!!!" the fraudulent e-mail tells that a report is attached for the user regarding his tax refund of 2003. It's requested that he open the given PDF file attached and see the report and subsequently suggest his decision about the year's returns so that an instant processing can be started.

But, a Spokesperson of IRAS stated that people shouldn't answer the e-mail nor open the attachment else the included file within. Channelnewsasia.com reported this.

It's being advised that people delete the message immediately after seeing it without clicking on it.

IRAS as well urged people to scan the PCs as well as mobile gadgets they were using with some anti-virus software.

The board posted online a few easy suggestions for taxpayers to follow and thus recognize scam e-mails. These are: understanding that promises about providing monetary refunds without making an effort in exchange, alternatively transactions being offered which sound unbelievably true, are only reflections of fraudulence. Similarly unusual URL and e-mail addresses can most certainly be false.

The IRAS also posted that its official e-mails would get dispatched from ids essentially having @iras.gov.sg as the suffix. None of the messages would get dispatched from any Gmail or Hotmail personal e-mail alternatively any other unfamiliar electronic mail domain.

Thus, anybody receiving any dubious e-mail, phone call, SMS or letter posing as sent from IRAS must instantly inform the board at iras@iras.gov.sg alternatively, use its hotline phone-number for confirming if the request made is genuine.

Meanwhile, for anyone who has already provided his financial or other personal information in response to the phishing e-mail, he's urged towards informing the police; altering his PINs or passwords; as also requesting his bank for halting all immediate transactions.

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