Date
25 May 2017
The Inland Revenue Department uses about 20 mailbox addresses for its correspondences. Photo: Internet
The Inland Revenue Department uses about 20 mailbox addresses for its correspondences. Photo: Internet

Internal revenue department letters fuel scam fears

Wary netizens have uploaded on their Facebook and WhatsApp accounts suspicious letters purportedly coming from the Inland Revenue Department (IRD), Ming Pao Daily reported on Wednesday.

The letters have General Post Office mailbox no. 29004 printed on the envelop, and recipients became suspicious because it is different from the address that the tax agency normally uses.

Amid a spate of reports about mainland scams targeting Hong Kong residents in recent weeks, the netizens said they fear that the letters could be fake and part of a scheme to deceive unwary citizens and steal their personal data.

But in a statement issued on Tuesday, the IRD said it is normal for the agency to use different mailbox numbers as the return address for correspondences.

Apart from 132, the department also uses 28744, 29004 and 29006 and more than a dozen other numbers as its mailbox addresses in order to better classify incoming letters according to the office section responsible for them.

The IRD said members of the public who are in doubt about the authenticity of the IRD letters they receive could call its hotline 187 8088 or send an email to [email protected].

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