Tax scammers target tax minister

ANDREA VANCE
Last updated 14:07 25/10/2012

Relevant offers

Politics

Banks, consultants and law firms dominate state house sale meetings Charter school has budget surplus eight times the average state school New legislation to replace Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act National testing for Year 9 and 10 students ahead US Vice-President Joe Biden sends NZ an Independence Day message Steven Joyce warns of a 'bumpy' economy amid gloomier bank forecasts No recovery plan to bring 600 native species back from brink of extinction John Key's speech to the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce lunch Probe into Sonny Tau's alleged kereru smuggling 'complex' Beehive Live: Recess upon us

Tax scammers have targeted Revenue Minister Peter Dunne.

A bogus email puporting to be from Dunne's own department popped up in his ministerial inbox this morning.

It claims the recipient is eligible to receive a tax return pay-out - but must register first.  The message sent to Dunne said he could claim $185.44.

The hoax emails are a phishing scam. A link directs victims to a fake webpage with and IRD logo where they are asked to enter personal details.

Dunne said the scammers ''aren't very bright''. He forwarded the message to IRD and is warning people not to be caught out.

''IRD does not send out unsolicited emails to people telling them they have a tax refund owing. We are not that generous,'' he said. ''So all such approaches should be ignored.''

Ad Feedback

- The Dominion Post

Comments

Special offers
Opinion poll

Where do you stand on political coat-tail riding?

If it gets marginalised voices into Parliament, I'm for it.

I'm against it - if you don't get the votes, you shouldn't be there.

It's just part of the political game.

Vote Result

Related story: Voters reject riding on the coat-tails

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content