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BIR warns taxpayers vs spoofing scam

BIR warned professional and business taxpayers against malicious activities involving hackers pretending as legitimate tax examiners.

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) warned professional and business taxpayers against spoofing scam.

Similar to phishing, spoofing is a method wherein a trickster secures someone’s personal information by pretending to be a legitimate source.

Revenue Deputy Commissioner for Information System Group Lanee David issued the warning, following the complaints the BIR received from alleged victims of spoofing scam.

David cited a particular case as an example wherein the fraudster posed as a revenue examiner who asked for the tax identification number (TIN) and bank records of a businessman purportedly to reconcile his customs duty payments.

The said businessman reported the incident to the BIR, knowing that there were no such transactions with the Bureau of Customs (BOC).

Confidential personal information that hackers may attempt to access includes bank deposits of the victim. Cybercriminals may also subject that person to other cyberthreats like ransomware.

In light of these possible scenarios, David admonished taxpayers who receive suspicious email messages not to click the link or attachment and immediately close and delete it from the inbox.

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