Tax Department Warns of Online Imposters

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A group photo of people in tax department uniforms, which the General Department of Taxation shared warning these people are impersonating officials, in a photo posted on the department’s Facebook page on May 12, 2022.

A group of people have taken to social media wearing tax department uniforms and are suspected of attempting fraud, the department said on Thursday.

In a statement, the department listed four Facebook accounts as having posted photos of people wearing the department’s uniforms and its IDs.

One photo released by the department shows 10 people in gray uniforms posing outside the Siem Reap provincial hall. Six are women and four are men, and most are linked by the department to specific Facebook accounts.

A series of other photos released by the department show people wearing uniforms or ID tags and taking selfies, posing on chairs or standing under the gate of the Preah Sihanouk provincial hall.

But none of the people photographed were department staff or contractors, the statement said.

“This is a case of violating the law with the illegal use of uniforms of public officials, which the director general of taxation suspects is for fraudulent purposes, fraud in a form that would be detrimental to the honor, dignity and legitimacy of the director general of taxation,” it said.

The department did not state what the group may have specifically been trying to do, nor whether they have defrauded anyone, but said it was working with law enforcement to take action against the suspects.

The department said people should be careful about any contact from this group of people and avoid dealings with them.

None of the four Facebook accounts named, nor others shown in screenshots, could be immediately found online. National Police spokesperson Chhay Kim Khoeun also could not be reached. VOD sent questions to Preah Sihanouk provincial spokesperson Kheang Phearum late Thursday, and will update this article if he responds.

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