Criminals are applying IPVA SCAMS: see how to prevent yourself

Every year, drivers must pay taxes correctly. However, the IPVA scam is becoming increasingly common.

Have you ever heard of the IPVA scam? Well, it is closer than we imagine and can hit us when we least expect it.

At the beginning of this year, a new fraud scheme began to circulate, using the name of the State Department of Transit (Detran) to carry out scams related to the Motor Vehicle Property Tax (IPVA).

In general, they promise discounts of up to 20% after the official payment deadline. But be careful: it’s all a big trap!

The IPVA scam is becoming increasingly popular among criminals. See how to protect yourself! / Credit: @jeanedeoliveirafotografia / pronatec.pro.br

How to identify the IPVA scam?

Firstly, it is important to know that Detran is not responsible for issuing or sending IPVA payment slips.

This task is the responsibility of the State Finance Secretariat (Sefaz), which is the institution in charge of collecting taxes for the government. Therefore, any email received with promises of a discount on IPVA is already a big warning sign.

Pay attention to the documents

Another point of attention is the method of sending payment slips. Traditionally, they are sent by mail, in physical correspondence, or can be accessed and printed directly through the Sefaz taxpayer website.

E-mails with these tabs, especially from suspicious and long addresses, such as "naorespondersystems@detran.gov.br", should be treated with great caution.

Furthermore, the deadline for paying IPVA in cash with a discount in some states, such as Mato Grosso do Sul, for example, ended on January 31st of this year.

The maximum discount offered was 15%, not 20% as mentioned in the fraudulent emails. This discount was only applicable to cars and passenger vehicles.

Preventive actions against the IPVA scam

To protect yourself against this type of scam, it is essential to always be aware and be wary of unsolicited emails or messages that offer unexpected financial advantages.

Always check email addresses and links contained in messages, avoiding clicking on any suspicious links. Furthermore, always consult the institutions’ official websites for correct and safe information.

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Stay informed

To avoid falling into traps like the IPVA scam, it is essential to stay informed and up to date on common fraud practices.

Keep an eye on news and notices from official institutions. Remember: information is one of the main tools against scammers.

When you come across scam attempts, report them to the competent authorities. Your action can not only protect you, but also help prevent others from becoming victims.

How is IPVA paid?

Payment of IPVA is annual and mandatory for vehicle owners. The value is calculated based on the market price of the vehicle, according to state reference tables, such as Fipe.

Each state defines due dates and possible discounts for paying in cash. Taxpayers can choose to pay the tax in a single installment or in installments, depending on the options offered by the Treasury Department of each state.

Payment slips are generally available online on official websites or sent via mail.

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