Revenue and Customs Cautions Members of the Public
09th May, 2018
The Fiji Revenue and Customs Service (Revenue and Customs) is calling for the public to take heed of individuals who are taking another shot at impersonating Revenue & Customs Service Officers for the purpose of personal and financial gain.
In this new development, a case of cybercrime has emerged whereby a Revenue and Customs email address was created to email an audit notice to a business taxpayer.
“A business taxpayer received an email titled Audit Notice from a fake Revenue and Customs email account. Firstly, we do not send such notices through emails but rather it is a formal letter on our letterhead. So it was easy to identify that this was a case of impersonation,” Revenue and Customs Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Visvanath Das said.
“This is not the first time a Revenue and Customs Officer has been impersonated. In this modern age and easy access to technology, it is dreadful to see the abuse of such capabilities for criminal purposes,” Mr. Das said.
“We encourage taxpayers to immediately contact us to verify if they feel any suspicions. If any communication comes through and indicates any form of settlement or resolution outside of law, it should immediately trigger suspicion and must be reported,” he said.
One must be mindful that it is a serious offence under the Crimes Act to impersonate a Revenue and Customs Service Officer by whatever means.
“Impersonating a Revenue & Customs Officer is an offence under the Crimes Act 2009 with a maximum penalty of 3 years imprisonment. The matter will be referred to Fiji Police for further investigations,” Mr. Das stressed.
“We are requesting members of the public to be vigilant and not engage in business over emails, phone calls or reveal tax information before verifying the identity of the Revenue & Customs officer. Our official email is firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are not sure, call us on 324 3000 or on our hotline 1326,” he said.
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