Tax filing scam making its rounds online again, SingCERT warns

Tax filing scam making its rounds online again, SingCERT warns

SINGAPORE - The tax filing scam is making its round on the internet again, according to a statement issued by SingCERT (Singapore Computer Emergency Response Team) yesterday.

The unit at the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore said that such scams are more prevalent during certain periods such as tax filing or festive occasions.

"[Such scams] are done by sending an e-mail that claims your tax filing is incomplete and requesting for a Word document to be filled up to provide the missing information," SingCERT said.

"These documents usually contain malware that can download malicious files (e.g. backdoor) remotely into your computer."

SingCERT recommends these measures if users encounter suspicious emails.

· Verify with the relevant authority, i.e: a tax officer, that the email is valid
· Never open suspicious attachments or click on suspicious links
· Never provide your personal details via email
· Install an antivirus or anti-malware solution

In March 2014, the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore issued a similar warning about tax return e-mail scams circulating online.

The scam then was entitled "Your 2013 Tax Return Report!!!", and the e-mail scam carried a message that a report on the recipient's 2013 tax refund is attached. The e-mail then asks the recipient to open the PDF attachment to view the tax refund report.

Screenshot of scam e-mail:

 

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