IRD Hoax Calls

We were alerted to a news article warning of hoax phone calls, supposedly from an angry IRD employee who aggressively asks for payment. The call display is masked to show the IRD’s 0800 number.

If you are ever in any doubt about the validity of a caller, do not respond and do not continue to talk with them. Simply advise them you can’t talk at this time and you will call the IRD back. You are welcome to call us; as your agent we can usually deal with the issue on your behalf, or you can call the IRD on 0800 227 774. As the IRD states in its media release: “Just to be clear, Inland Revenue will never call customers from our 0800 number or demand payments to be made through NZ Post, a Prezzie card or within 30 minutes.”

The same goes for email correspondence asking for bank accounts or for you to make payments. Some emails look amazingly realistic; however, if you have even the slightest doubt, do not click on any links and do not provide bank account or credit card information. Again, you are welcome to contact us or you can contact the IRD.

Remember, the real IRD already knows your IRD number and, in the case of payments due, knows when you are to make the payment(s) and the amount.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.