Some readers may have received emails purporting to be from the IRD. These fake IRD emails are becoming more sophisticated as the website appears genuine.
The Ministry of Consumer Affairs has provided some advice so you can protect yourself from these types of scams:
- Look after your personal details in the same way you would care for your wallet and other possessions. Your personal details are very valuable to scammers. They can use credit cards, claim benefits, take out loans and run up debts – all in your name.
- Never enter your personal details into a website unless you’re sure it’s genuine.
- Check website addresses carefully. If they’re similar to a genuine company’s URL, but not quite right, be careful. NEVER visit your bank’s website by clicking on a link – type in the entire website address yourself.
- Don’t reply to, click on any links or open any files in spam emails.
- Don’t call any numbers in spam emails.
- Regularly check your bank account statements and credit card bill to make sure no one is accessing your accounts.
- Order a credit report every year to make sure no one is using your name to borrow money or run up debts.
If you suspect you’ve given away your credit card details to a scammer:
- Call your bank immediately so your account can be suspended. Ask to speak to bank staff who specialise in security or fraud.
- Credit card companies can reverse a fraudulent transaction if you contact them soon enough
- Report the scam to Scamwatch,