Based on the information gathered, Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia (IRBM) would like to alert the public to be more cautious of the modus operandi used by tax scammers as listed below:

Modus Operandi of Scammers Impersonating as Officers of Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia (IRBM)

The victims are contacted by the syndicate through messages, phone calls, letters or e-mails regarding their tax arrears payment. They are then lured to transfer the money into the bank account which does not belong to the IRBM.

The victims are contacted by the syndicate who claim to be an IRBM officer or a police officer and these victims are ordered to download a fake mobile application of the Central Bank of Malaysia (CBM) or share their personal banking details on the fake website which is claimed to be operated by the CBM for investigation purpose.

The victims are contacted for their alleged involvement in illegal activities such as tax evasion, crimes and money laundering. The syndicate members impersonate the police or Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officers or the authorities to cause panic to the victims. These victims are coaxed to transfer their money into a third party account and they are told to do that in order to protect their bank accounts from being blacklisted under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001 (AMLATFPUAA) and those monies will be transferred back into the victims' bank account once the case has been resolved.

The victims receive visits by the syndicate members impersonating as IRBM's officers to collect taxes, conducting field audits and tax investigations. The victims are required to hand over the relevant documents and records and are told that they had filed an erroneous tax return or made a wrong declaration in income tax submission. The victims are then directed to make the outstanding tax arrears payment into the bank account not owned by the IRBM.

The victims are contacted through letters or e-mails on their involvement in share trading activities with one of the investment companies and they are directed to settle their tax arrears based on the instructions given by the syndicate.


The victims receive fake e-mails which instruct them to click on a hoax link and they are required to fill up their banking details in order to get their tax refund.



Beware! Don't Be a Scam Victim!

    • Never reveal your personal and banking details especially online banking passwords;
    • Do not click on the links received via a suspicious e-mail;
    • Ensure that the tax arrears are only paid to the IRBM;
      • For Income Tax and Real Property Gains Tax, payment is to be made to the Director General of Inland Revenue (DGIR) or Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia (IRBM).
      • For Stamp Duty, payment is to be made to the Collector of Stamp Duties.
    • Never download any application requested by unknown callers;
    • Do not return the calls of the unknown numbers and visit IRBM's portal for the official numbers;
    • Check out the Tax Collection Framework, Tax Audit Framework and Tax Investigation Framework at IRBM's official portal > Legislation for verifications on tax collection activities, audits and investigations;
  • Ensure that any communication with the IRBM must be through the official domain
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