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IRD Phishing Scam

IRD Phishing Scam - don't get caught out!

Over the past two weeks Inland Revenue has received reports of a telephone phishing scam from several hundred customers around New Zealand.

The scam calls have been made to landlines and mobile phones, with messages being left on voicemail if the calls haven't been answered.

The callers state that they are from the Inland Revenue Department and the following scenarios have been reported, that the customer:

  • is wanted for historic tax evasion or tax avoidance
  • has a red flag on their file
  • is in debt
and they or their lawyer must return the call as soon as possible. Some customer have been told to make a payment via Western Union within 30 minutes, or risk arrest.

Customers have reported the callers as having "foreign sounding" accents, with many different accents reported.
Sometimes the caller is female. The callers are very confident and convincing, and it is reported that some customers have been taken in and paid significant sums of money to the scammers.

Some customers have called the number referred to above and reported the background as sounding like a Contact Centre environment with multiple accents. These customers have also reported the callers as becoming angry and aggressive when challenged.

Inland Revenue staff would not leave messages like these. If you receive a suspicious email, SMS scam message or a fraudulent call, please email phishing@ird.govt.nz

Please help us to stop them by:


- Not responding, or hanging up on those phone numbers (see table below)


- Contacting your phone provider (for example 2degrees, Spark, Vodafone etc.)
and asking them to block the callers


- Continuing to report phone numbers (if not noted below) to phishing@ird.govt.nz

Current malicious phone numbers

04 830 0495

04 830 2441

04 830 2448

04 830 2447

04 830 2451

04 830 2452

04 830 3418

04 830 3450

04 830 3454

04 830 3455

04 830 3495

09 887 2904

09 887 3903

09 887 3904

09 887 4061

09 887 4303

09 887 4904

09 887 8523

09 887 9304

09 974 9629

09 974 9581

09 974 9628

06 824 1124

09 950 8821

09 950 8826

09 950 8850

09 950 8824



 

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