This needs a wider audience
A woman says she was almost swindled out of nearly $1000 by a “very well-rehearsed” scammer claiming to be from Inland Revenue and demanding payments.
IRD says it’s looking into the scam after it received at least 18 reports of scammers calling people claiming to be from the IRD, including a man who says he’s been duped out of $6500 by the scammers.
Clara Iqbal told TVNZ’s Breakfast this morning that a man phoned yesterday and said he was the chief investigating officer at the IRD and that there was a warrant out to arrest her as she owed $987 “and if I didn’t pay within 24-hours they would take me to court which could cost thousands”.
The problem is that this will fluster people into complying.
Ms Iqbal said the scammer knew all of her details and even appeared to be calling from an IRD number.
The scammers have managed to spoof IRD’s 0800 number, making it seem a legitimate call on caller ID.
Knowing everything about someone… well, you know, welcome to being an idiot and putting your life on the Internet. But the spoofing of an 0800 number? That’s something else altogether. Read more »