KUCHING: Malaysian Inland Revenue Board (IRB) stressed that it will not ask taxpayers for personal information such as MyKad and bank account number via SMS.
It was referring to complaints from members of the public who have received SMSes from personal mobile numbers requesting for their personal information.
In the fake SMS, the sender stated that the recipient has successfully listed to receive national financial assistance – Bantuan Prihatin National (BPN) – and the distribution will be done within 24 hours after the recipient reply with his or her Bank’s name, account number, ID and the online password.
“Please do not entertain the SMS of individuals who use their personal mobile numbers requesting for MyKad and bank account number.
“Make sure that the SMS received is only from 62000 or 63833. The board will never request for personal information via SMS,” it said in a Facebook posting recently.
In the meantime, the Board also said that the financial assistance would be distributed in April and May.
The BPN is part of the RM250 billion economic stimulus package announced by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin recently to help Malaysians deal with the negative effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Members of the public have until April 30 to check on their eligibility and make applications for the BPN assistance.
Eligible recipients are those from M40 group, B40 group or Bantuan Sara Hidup (BSH) recipients.
The public can check their record at https://www.hasil.gov.my or https://bpn.hasil.gov.my.
If there is no record, they can make a new application or make an appeal if the status is shown unsuccessful.