20 Mac 2011

E-mail of RM700 IRB refund a scam - The Star March 15, 2011

PETALING JAYA: The Inland Revenue Board (IRB) has clarified that it did not send any e-mail to taxpayers telling them that the IRB will return them RM700 in tax.

The IRB said that it did not issue the e-mail refund-payment@hasil.gov.my and told taxpayers not to click which supposedly informed taxpayers that there would be a RM700 refund.

“The IRB wants to confirm that the e-mail is false and is a phishing effort by the unscrupulous who want to steal information and funds from taxpayers,” said Corporate Communications director Mazlan Wan Chik in a statement yesterday.

Members of the public are advised not to open the e-mail but delete it and not provide any feedback as requested in the content.

The IRB’s ICT Security Division immediately reported the matter to the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission when the phishing activity was detected on Sunday and the site had been closed.

“This is the third attempt to cheat taxpayers,” said Mazlan.

The IRB gave the assurance that all taxpayers’ data and information were kept secure.

For enquiries, call 1-300-88-3010 or e-mail callcentre@hasil.gov.my.