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Syndicate Issuing Fake LHDN Letters To Scam Taxpayers, Learn How To Spot Them

Syndicate Issuing Fake LHDN Letters To Scam Taxpayers, Learn How To Spot Them

The modus operandi is to inform the victims that they had tax overdue via a via a fake official letter.

Fernando Fong

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There’s a scam syndicate that targets victims to make income tax payments through fake letters bearing the Inland Revenue Board’s (LHDN) logo.

The fake letter contains the victim’s details, including banking information and the amount of tax due to be paid, complete with the signature of a fake LHDN officer.

However, victims can identify these fake letters as LHDN adheres to a specific format in its letters.

Any tax payments must also be made directly to LHDN’s account and not through an individual’s personal or third-party accounts.

A Twitter user, @frugalmy, shared the experience of a friend who received such a letter.

In the fake letter, the syndicate used the LHDN’s logo and even stamped it to create an air of legitimacy to their demands.

The victim is asked to pay a sum of money said to be tax arrears.

Netizens said such a tactic works as some people do not declare their taxes and fear the authorities.

People could also become a victim if they are not well-educated.

At the same time, some netizens suggested the use of smartphone applications that have caller-identification features.

Verify With LHDN First 

Taxpayers should take this matter seriously and be careful with every dubious call, email or letter by getting confirmation from the LHDN first.

In the past, many victims had been scammed by fake taxmen.

In a short period between 1 January and 9 February last year, 18 reports involving RM636,311 in losses were lodged.

Besides sending letters, scammers have also called up victims while pretending to be LHDN officials.

For more information, you can visit LHDN’ official portal here and access the HASiL Live Chat.

Any questions and feedback related to this matter can also be channeled to LHDN through its Care Line at 03-89111000, live chat, feedback form on the website.

LHDN can also be reached through its social media networks on Facebook and Twitter.

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