by Inland Revenue, 9 May 2018
There have been numerous calls today to both us and the Police reporting a phone scam.
The automated message is in a New Zealand accent and asks the caller for their name and IRD number. It states: “This is the Police, you owe money to Inland Revenue. If you don’t pay you will be arrested. Please call 04 889 0505.” This is not the New Zealand Police.
Please remember that government agencies will never call you to ask for your bank account or credit card details. If you receive a call like this and have any doubts about its legitimacy, double check their details or simply hang up the phone.
Anyone who believes they are a victim of any crime, in person or online, should report the matter to their local Police.
We have had several different phishing emails reported to us recently. Most contain links in them that take you to fake forms that are trying to make you believe they belong to IRD. One email is asking for you to reply to it with personal and credit card details.
These emails are sent from a variety of addresses. If you have clicked on the form and submitted any personal or credit card data please contact your bank immediately. We also recommend you contact IDcare at www.idcare.org or phone 0800 201 415.
We are actively investigating these phishing emails.