IRAS issues warning on 'tax refund' e-mail scam

A screenshot of one of the scam e-mails being circulated to members of the public. (SOURCE: IRAS)

An e-mail circulating about tax refunds supposedly sent by the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) is a scam, said the tax authority.

The e-mail instructs recipients to download an attachment or click on a link to view their tax refunds, said IRAS in a Facebook post on Tuesday (12 September).

The link in the e-mail may contain a computer virus, warned IRAS.

The authority said, in an advisory notice on its website, that it does not send official correspondence from personal e-mail accounts such as Gmail or Hotmail, and does not ask for personal information via e-mail. Instead, confidential documents are sent to taxpayers via the portal at mytax.iras.gov.sg.

Scammers have also sent e-mails using the @iras.gov.sg domain, the IRAS notice said.

Anyone who has received a suspicious e-mail, letter, SMS or phone call purportedly from IRAS should immediately contact the authority at iras@iras.gov.sg or on 1800 356 8225 to verify the authenticity of such information.

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