Scam Alert : Fake SPRM Call About Company Taxes!

Please watch out for scammers who are pretending to be from SPRM calling you about company taxes!

Find out how they are trying to scam people, and WARN YOUR FAMILY + FRIENDS!

 

Scam Alert : Fake SPRM Call About Company Taxes!

Alvin was almost scammed when he received a call from a scammer pretending to be a SPRM officer :

I receive the call from this number. There was an automated message with a female voice stating that the call was from SPRM. It repeated twice, and then the call was directed to a male.

SPRM Call Scammer

The male spoke professionally in Malay. And he claims that he is calling from SPRM. Then he didn’t mention about my name and ask is this number – 017-xxxx-xxxx my current mobile number?

When I answered yes, he said my number was registered under a company name called xxxx (PP trading Sdn Bhd I think) then he said he received a complaint.

But before he went deeper into the details he asked me to verify myself. I said why should I? I told him that if he is from government, he should have my IC number.

But out of curiosity, I gave my IC number to find out what he’s planning. He mentioned my name, “Alvin”, and he said that my company registered in Kelantan had some issues with income tax. I knew it was a scam call, and cut the call and blocked the number.

Fortunately, Alvin does not own any company, which helped him realise it was just a scam call.

But many people do, and have been, scammed by such calls, especially from government authorities like the police, SPRM or the courts.

Pretending to be someone working for the authorities makes it easier for scammers to cheat you, if you believe you might be in trouble.

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Why This SPRM Call Is Fake : The Facts

Now, there will always be people who will question us – how do you know it’s fake? Are you working for SPRM?

To these geniuses, you don’t have to work for SPRM to know that this is a scam call. And here’s why…

Fact #1 : SPRM Don’t Deal With Tax Issues

First of all, the SPRM (Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia) is the Malaysian anti-corruption agency. They will NOT call you up about tax matters involving your company.

If you or your company has tax issues, they will be handled by LHDN (Lembaga Hasil Dalam Negeri) – the Malaysian internal revenue board.

Scam Alert : Fake SPRM Call About Company Taxes!

Fact #2 : SPRM Won’t Call You

If the SPRM has a need to obtain your company information, they will issue you an official letter detailing the documents they need.

They won’t call you on the telephone, and definitely not on your mobile number.

Fact #3 : SPRM Warned About These Scam Calls

SPRM itself issued this warning about such scam calls back on 4 June 2018 :

SURUHANJAYA Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) menasihatkan orang ramai agar berhati-hati dan tidak terpedaya sekiranya menerima panggilan telefon meragukan mendakwa daripada SPRM yang meminta beberapa maklumat peribadi termasuk butiran-butiran sulit kerana dikhuatiri ia panggilan palsu.

Ini susulan banyak aduan diterima SPRM daripada mangsa yang terpedaya dengan panggilan palsu berkenaan kebelakangan ini.

Sehubungan itu, orang ramai yang menerima panggilan meragukan ini, dinasihatkan agar terlebih dahulu mendapatkan pengesahan daripada mana-mana pejabat SPRM terdekat menerusi talian dan alamat yang dipaparkan di portal rasmi www.sprm.gov.my.

SPRM juga akan membuat laporan polis serta berharap Suruhanjaya Komunikasi dan Multimedia Malaysia (SKMM) akan menyiasat panggilan palsu ini yang telah menjejaskan nama dan reputasi SPRM.

SURUHANJAYA PENCEGAHAN RASUAH MALAYSIA
PUTRAJAYA
4 JUN 2018

 

Fake SPRM Call About Company Taxes : What Should You Do?

If you receive such scam calls, whether they are from SPRM or the courts, here is what you can do :

  • hang up
  • give the scammer a piece of your mind
  • record the call and post it online to expose them
  • lodge a complaint with SPRM and the police
  • if you have free time, play along to waste their time and prevent them from scamming others

Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES should you ever fall for this scam. Whatever you choose to do, do NOT believe for a second that you are in any trouble.

Do not give them any information about your company, bank account, etc. Certainly do not entertain any requests to transfer your money, or pay them a bribe to “solve the problem”.

And yes, please SHARE this article with your family and friends, to make sure they don’t get scammed!

 

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