The Inland Revenue Board (LHDN) today sounded a warning over scammers from syndicates posing as officials from the tax agency, revealing that losses of over RM600,000 have been reported since the beginning of the year.
In a statement, it said 18 reports involving a total of RM636,311 in losses had been lodged from Jan 1 until Feb 9.
“They use the cruel tactics of striking fear in their victims, causing them to panic and to take hasty action in handing over their personal and banking details.
“Some even voluntarily make cash payments to these syndicate members,” it said.
It advised the public to be wary and not to fall prey to scammers, and to confirm any suspicious calls, emails or letters by calling the LHDN hotline or officials, or visiting the nearest branch.
“Members of the public must be more aware and always advise family members and those around them about this matter to prevent becoming victims of these scams,” it said.