2012 - SARS PAYMENTS
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It appears that there are some irregularities with your Tax filing.
You have recieved an amount from SARS E-Filing which requires your verification.
Please click Complete Verification to verify this process so this amount can be deposited into your account.
You may be required to enter RVN sent to you to verify this payment.
© Copyright 2012 ABSA Bank.
This email was sent automatically please do not respond.
This e-mail just looks funny to start with. The font seems strange, the logo looks out of place and the HUGE gaps between the paragraphs looks sloppy and unprofessional. So just by looking at this e-mail you can already tell that it did not came from ABSA.
Take a good look at this e-mail address, even though it is spoofed, 133secure-absa.co.za does not belong to ABSA, but even if the from address was an actual absa.co.za e-mail address, it still does not mean that the e-mail really came from ABSA, the From e-mail address can easily be spoofed.
You never receive any amount from SARS E-Filing, it will be from SARS itself. Secondly you never have to verify a tax refund, SARS goes to great lengths to verify the banking details of tax payers, so if you receive a refund, all the necessary verification processes have already been done by SARS. Finally, it makes no sense for the recipient to verify an incoming payment, verification has to be done on the side of the person MAKING the payment.
Never share your RVN with ANYONE! Not by SMS, not by e-mail, not by any means. The RVN should only be used for one purpose, for entering it on the real ABSA Internet Banking site (www.absa.co.za). Never enter this number on a website you visited, after clicking a link in an e-mail.
The same holds true for your tax affairs. Never respond to any e-mail with links regarding verification of your tax refund or personal information or banking details or whatever. All correspondence from SARS in this regard is normally via a text-only e-mail with no links. You have to log onto the actual SARS eFiling website (www.sarsefiling.co.za) to download your assessment, statements of account, review your return, etc.
As a final note, if there is anything wrong with your tax return or the processing of your tax refund, you will receive correspondence directly from SARS and not from ABSA or any other bank for that matter.
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