Manukau (22 January 2013) – Counties Manukau Police would like the community to be aware of the Hoax phone calls involving the use of Inland Revenue Department. The callers in these hoax phone calls also name PM John Key and persuade the individuals that they are being granted a tax refund. Individuals are told to call a specific land line number and told to quote a claim number given to them to be able to claim tax refund worth thousands of dollars.
If the individuals call the land line number provided to them and give the claim number, they will be asked to deposit a sum of money into a nominated bank account through the Western Union. Individuals are advised to collect a cheque for a sum of money from their nominated bank once the money is transferred through the Western Union
This is a FRAUD. Please do not entertain such calls or be influenced to deposit money into any accounts you are not familiar with. It is likely the caller is using a foreign account to collect the money as Western Union is generally used to transfer funds overseas. If you receive such calls, get the details and inform the Police IRD (Inland Revenue Department) have a set system of communication with their clients and it’s very unlikely they will advise individuals to deposit money before issuing a tax refund.
Prepared by: Authorised by
Constable Gurpreet Arora Ana Marie Gates-Bowey
South Asian Liaison Officer Communications Manager
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