According to this email, South African tax agency SARS has confirmed your filing and credited your account with your refund. It asks you to click a link to confirm your deposit.
However, the email is not from SARS and the link does not open any legitimate transaction record.
Instead, the email is a phishing scam designed to steal your personal and financial information. Clicking the link opens a fraudulent website that looks like it belongs to SARS. Once on the fake site, you will be asked to supply your credit card details along with your name and address and other identity-related information. The site will claim that you must provide this information before your supposed tax refund can be processed.
The information you submit on the fake site will be collected by criminals and used to commit credit card fraud and identity theft.
Tax refund phishing scams are very common and target taxpayers in many countries. Be wary of any email or text message that claims that you are eligible for an unexpected refund and should click a link or open an attached file to verify your details.
Legitimate tax agencies will not send you unsolicited emails that make such requests.
SARS has information about identifying and reporting phishing scams on its website.
A screenshot of the scam email:
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!