Over the past weeks Inland Revenue has received reports of a telephone phishing scam from several hundred customers around New Zealand, including some of our own Oldershaw & Co clients.
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. Inland Revenue have advised that their staff would not leave messages like these.
We are also aware of various Phishing Scams being sent with regards to the Companies Office.
If you receive a suspicious letter, email, SMS scam message or a fraudulent call, please feel free to contact us with as much information as you are able to.