We’ve talked about a syndicate that pretended to be the Lembaga Hasil Dalam Negeri (LHDN) to scam unsuspecting victims of the money in their bank accounts and with the time of the year where Malaysians need to file their income tax, a WhatsApp message has been circulating just in time to remind taxpayers to be cautious.
If you’re unfamiliar with this scam, what the culprits do is that they would disguise themselves as LHDN and send an email to their potential victims informing them about a tax refund.
Source: The Coverage
A malicious link would be included in the email which would lead you to a page where you will key in your bank account number and password, this would ultimately scam some money out of the victims.
Maybank had released a statement on its official website when the scam was at its peak a few years ago, urging members of the public to take note and beware of the scam.
“Please be alert against any emails claiming to be from Lembaga Hasil Dalam Negeri (LHDN) requesting you to submit your tax refund request. LHDN does not send out any email requesting customers to provide customer information or directing customer to bank website.”
It is noted that LDHN said in the statement that they’ve been receiving many enquiries regarding the emails sent from this address – [email protected], which has been confirmed as fake by LHDN.
Source: The Coverage
If you’ve received the email, please do not open it. In the event that you’ve opened it, you should just delete it without replying anything.
In order to smell out a fake link, you just need to hover your cursor over the link and look at the URL at the status bar located at the bottom of your browser.
You will notice that instead of bringing you to http://www.maybank2u.com.my, it’s actually directing you to a phishing site.
Based on the screenshot provided by Maybank, the scammer’s email looks extremely convincing and any absent-minded person would’ve fallen into this financial scam!
Don’t look down on the scam as it dates back to as early as 2010, but it still managed to swindle a woman just last November! Please be more alert, guys!
What are your thoughts on this?
(Source: WOB / Maybank)