SINGAPORE — The Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (Iras) is advising members of the public to ignore a scam (Short Message Service) SMS purportedly sent by the statutory board that includes a phishing link designed to obtain important information.
Scammers have spoofed Iras’ sender ID and the fake SMS message by phone is grouped together with past legitimate SMS messages sent by Iras, it said on Thursday (Feb 3).
In an advisory posted on its website, Iras stressed that the public should not click on the phishing link — https://singaporeposte.com — in the SMS.
“Those who have been affected by the scam are advised to lodge police reports.”
It added that taxpayers should remain vigilant against phishing scams “particularly during peak tax filing seasons as more of such scam attempts may occur”.
“Scammers would trick taxpayers into giving out their personal information, credit card or bank account details, making any payments to a third party’s bank account or following any instructions by the sender.”
To avoid getting scammed, Iras said that members of the public should always verify the authenticity of the message with the statutory board itself if they find it to be suspicious.
They should also pay attention to dubious SMS messages with grammatical errors and clickable links directing them to websites without the “.iras.gov.sg” or “go.gov.sg” domains.
Lastly, people should not disclose their personal information such as bank account details and passwords to unauthorised personnel or unknown entities.
Just last month, Iras warned the public of an email scam impersonating the Commissioner of Inland Revenue Ng Wai Choong.
It came on the back of a series of impersonation attempts where scammers have pretended to be from government agencies, the police, the courts and banks.
#ScamAlert Received an SMS purportedly from IRAS informing recipients to click on a link to obtain important information? Scammers have spoofed IRAS’ Sender ID and the fake SMS is grouped together with previous legitimate SMSes sent by IRAS. Please ignore the message and do not click on the link.
Members of the public who have been affected by the scam are advised to lodge police reports.
#ScamAlert Encountered a website “iras.gov-sg.web.do” that requests you to key in your details for a ‘Reimbursement Request Form’ to obtain a tax refund from IRAS? Please ignore and do not provide any personal, credit card or bank account details, make any payments to a third party’s bank account or follow any instructions provided.
Corporate Income Tax and GST refunds due to you will be credited directly to your bank. IRAS will also credit the refund directly to your bank account or via telegraphic transfer or cheques (if you do not pay taxes via GIRO) for Property Tax and Personal Income Tax refunds. IRAS officers will direct you to use the relevant forms secured by Singpass login or sign-up links located on the IRAS website to furnish your personal details and bank account information, if required.
Vicom recently also kenna, looks like it is open season for scammers in Sinkapore :P
Scammers these days really pattern more than badminton