25 Julai 2010

Ignore fake e-mail, says IRB, TheStar Thursday July 22, 2010

KUALA LUMPUR: Tax payers have been advised to ignore e-mails purportedly sent by the Inland Revenue Board (IRB) asking them to claim for refund for overpaid income tax.

IRB said the e-mails sent through an address Tax-Payment@hasil.gov.my did not originate from the board.
The board said it had received numerous enquiries from the public regarding the fake e-mails which claimed that overpaid income tax of RM700 would be refunded to tax payers.

This is believed to be the latest scam to hoodwink the public into divulging their personal details, particularly their income tax details to unknown people.

The board has advised those who have received the fake e-mail from the address not to open it.

“If receivers have opened the e-mails, please delete it and do not reply, nor provide the sender with their personal details,” it said.

It said that those who have queries should get in touch with the board’s customer service centre though e-mail at centre@hasil.gov.my or call 1-300-88-3010.

The board also assured the public that their personal information and tax data would always be kept confidential.

Early this month, Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Dr Awang Adek Hussein told the Dewan Rakyat that 870,630 taxpayers had overpaid their taxes by RM10bil last year.

Awang Adik said as of last year, the Inland Revenue Board had yet to refund 150,757 taxpayers.

He also said that it was difficult to provide figures on those who could not be traced for refund payment.

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