Beware of Impostors

The Fiji Revenue and Customs Service is calling on members of the public to be aware of impersonators claiming to be Revenue & Customs Officers.

“We received calls from concerned taxpayers advising that they have been receiving calls from Revenue and Customs enquiring about their tax information,” Revenue & Customs Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Visvanath Das said.

“Upon investigation, we established that those calls were not made by Revenue & Customs Officers but an impostor trying to obtain tax information,” Mr. Das said.

“We have access to taxpayer information and will therefore not need to call individual taxpayers for this unless it is a follow up to a query,” he said.

Impersonating a Revenue & Customs Officer is an offence under the Crimes Act 2009 with a maximum penalty of 3 years imprisonment.

“We are requesting members of the public to be vigilant and not engage in business over phone calls or reveal tax information before verifying the identity of the Revenue & Customs officer. The public can also demand a Revenue & Customs officer to present his/her staff ID card or warrant card during an inspection and investigation,” he stressed.

Members of the public are urged to report such matters to Revenue and Customs Service on 3243000.

For queries please contact the Public Relations Department on 3243031/3243505.

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