It’s tax time! You know what that means?

Hi there

It’s tax time! Which means it’s extra important to keep an eye out for fraudsters offering tax refunds to your credit card or bank account.

These refunds will likely be in the form of a phishing email stating that you’re due to receive a ‘tax refund’ and for a random amount, such as $408.90.

How do you know it’s false? Keep an eye out for…

  1. Spelling errors;
  2. Incorrect grammar;
  3. Generic greetings like ‘Dear Sir, Madam or Customer’;
  4. A link to click to ‘claim your tax return!’

If you are genuinely expecting a refund, call Inland Revenue directly and ask them if you are in fact entitled to a tax refund and how you can expect to receive it. Never click on links you don’t recognise or reply to emails from companies offering you goods or money.

If you’re suspicious of an email you’ve received, or if you suspect you’ve been taken in by a scam, contact BNZ on 0800 ASK BNZ (275 269) or +64 4 924 0499 as soon as possible.

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Thanks a lot for sharing this Olivia.

Hate to think what happens when the fraudsters finally improve their English.

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If you are not running a business , then please do not use any of these tax refund companies to check if you are getting a refund and pay them a commission. The usual reasons for a refund, are not working a full year or earning between $24,000 and $48,000 and having a"M" tax code.
Please go to the IRD website and follow their instructions on getting a refund.