It’s a Christmas for Scammers, Stats SA and SARS Warns


While Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) directed the attention of the public to a scam perpetuated with its name, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) warned taxpayers and corporate organisations that it’s a Christmas for scammers.

According to Stats SA, some unknown individuals posing as Stats SA officials have been calling people to ask for their personal information like identity number.

The department urged the public to refuse divulging any personal information to anyone claiming to be a Stats SA representative over the phone.

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Adding that all Stats SA fieldworkers carry identification cards, the department stated:

“Stats SA does not request identity numbers from respondents when conducting surveys.

Whereas we may use telephone interviews to collect information for some business surveys, Stats SA does not conduct household-based surveys over the phone.”

 SARS on the other end, released a statement warning South Africans about several scams which involve the issuing of fake Third Party Appointment notices to companies, the unauthorized use of SARS’ logo and individuals posing as SARS staff.

It was buttressed that most of the scams demanded of individuals and corporate taxpayers to make payments, and requested for personal and banking details.

SARS’ statement read:

“A scam targeting companies, some companies listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, has been detected.

Banks are receiving Third Party Appointment (AA88) Notices to deduct money from the company’s account and pay it into a third-party account. Some of these notices involve millions of rands.”

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SARS further warned that certain individuals posing as its staff are using its logos, branded apparel and bogus offices to defraud South Africans.

“The scam involves notifying people that they have been successfully employed by SARS, and were now required to buy uniforms and identity cards which are SARS-branded and appear authentic,” SARS stated.