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SARS warns of tax scams

SARS warns as the tax deadline looms, criminals are taking advantage of taxpayers.

The revenue service says as the tax deadline looms, criminals are taking advantage of taxpayers.

CAPE TOWN - As the 2013 tax deadline looms, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) is warning of criminals trying to take advantage of unsuspecting taxpayers.

It's just nine days until the deadline day to submit tax returns.

SARS's Adrian Lackay says taxpayers should be aware of emails that ask for personal information such as tax, banking and e-filing details.

He says SARS would not request such information over the phone or via email.

"One must ignore such requests. If you do become suspicious, please go to our website and report it."

Lackay also says people should not respond to such emails.

He says, "If you are required to make changes to your bank account, we would never do it over the phone, via the internet or email. We would ask you to come in and present us with the necessary documentation."