Tuesday, 28 June 2016 23:29

Beware - IRD Warn of a Phishing Scam

The Inland Revenue Department (IRD) has sent out a media release advising they have been receiving reports of a phishing scam from a significant number of their customers from around New Zealand. We know of at least three of our clients that have been targeted.

Scam phone calls are being made to both mobile and landlines, and a voicemail being left if the phone call is not answered.

The caller advises they are from the IRD and report to the customer one of several scenarios designed to alarm the customer into returning the phone call and making payment to the IRD as soon as possible. Some calls threaten serious repercussions, such as arrest, if payment is not made to the IRD within 30 minutes.

 Callers are reported as having foreign sounding accents and have been both male and female. The callers are extremely convincing and IRD advise of anecdotal reports that some customers have paid large sums of money as a result of the calls.

Strettons would like to reinforce the IRD's media release that they would never leave a message like this for their customers. If you think you have been targeted by a scam email, text message or phone call, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the email received, the number a text or call was received from, names of callers and any other detail you can provide about the nature of the scam.

If you think you suspect you may have been targeted, or have any concerns about this scam, give us a call and we can investigate on your behalf.