KUALA LUMPUR: As many as 18 cases of syndicate members impersonating Inland Revenue Board (LHDN) officers involving losses of about RM636,311 were reported from Jan 1 to Feb 9 this year.
This is based on information from cases reported by the media, LHDN said.
“The tactic used by such scammers is to intimidate the victim into panicking before forcing the victim to take hasty action by handing over personal and banking details.
“Some (victims) even voluntarily make cash payments to members of the syndicate, ” it said in a statement yesterday.
The public has been reminded to verify any dubious calls, email or letters purportedly from LHDN, by contacting the Hasil Care Line at 03-89111000/ 603-89111100 (overseas), or at www.hasil.gov.my or at its nearest branch.
LHDN also uses both mainstream and social media in addition to official email with infographics to keep the public aware of such scams. —Bernama