IRAS warns of SMS phishing scam ahead of tax filing season

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The Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) has warned the public about an SMS phishing scam. (SCREENSHOT: IRAS)
The Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) has warned the public about an SMS phishing scam. (SCREENSHOT: IRAS)

SINGAPORE — The Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) on Thursday (3 February) warned the public of an SMS with a phishing link.

Recipients have been prompted to click the fraudulent link, IRAS said. Scammers have spoofed IRAS’ Sender ID and the fake SMS is grouped together with past legitimate SMSes sent by IRAS, it warned. “Members of the public are advised to ignore the message and not to click on the link. Those who have been affected by the scam are advised to lodge police reports.”

In particular, during peak tax filing seasons, more of such scam attempts may occur and taxpayers should remain vigilant, IRAS said.

Scammers would trick taxpayers into disclosing their personal information, credit card or bank account details, making any payments to a third party’s bank account or following other instructions.

IRAS advised the public to verify the authenticity of ant suspicious message with the authority, pay attention to dubious SMS messages with grammatical errors and clickable links directing to websites without “.iras.gov.sg” or “go.gov.sg” domains, and not to disclose personal information such as bank account details and passwords.

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