The link on the text message contains the IRD website URL, and ends with ‘.com/claim.php’. It states that the message was “sent by Inland Revenue”.

Responding to Newshub, an Inland Revenue spokesperson said it was aware of text and email scams impersonating IRD.

Within its website scams section, Inland Revenue reminds taxpayers they’re never asked to email or text bank account details – these are always supplied through myIR, requiring a user ID and password.

Inland Revenue says it also doesn’t use ‘NZD’ after the dollar figure, or terms such as ‘dear citizen’, ‘fiscal activity’, ‘NZ Govt Tax Refund’ or ‘IRD Customer Portal’.

A scam text or email may include a website or email address that looks almost right, like ‘ird.co.nz’ or ‘ird.gov.nz’.

“If you get an email that you think might be a scam, use your mouse to hover over a link without clicking,” Inland Revenue’s website says.

“This will let you see if the website address they are sending you to is accurate and relevant to the email you received.”

It follows a scam alert from police in October warning Kiwis of a phone scam where the scammer claims to be from Inland Revenue and attempts to get credit card information.

The phone number used by the scammers shows a New Zealand number, but police said it was likely the scammer was based offshore.

Police urge people to have conversations with vulnerable or elderly family members to ensure they’re aware of common tactics and don’t become victims.

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