Tax time – it is very common time for scammers to try and trick you to share your personal information or download malware.
We are sending this email to inform everyone to be constantly vigilant of fake emails which are trying to obtain your personal information. We cannot emphasise enough the importance of being both aware and sceptical of emails you receive.
A recent example we have seen is an email from myGov with the subject ‘Important information regarding your account’ letting you know that you have a tax refund.
The email asks you to click on a link to claim your refund. If you click the link a fake tax refund claim form will open in your browser.
The form asks for your name and contact details, your myGov password and your credit card number. After you supply this information and click the ‘Continue’ button, you’ll be automatically redirected to the myGov website. However – after these steps it is too late and the scammer has your details.
These emails and web pages are made to look legitimate with myGov branding – it is important to be vigilant of the signs.
Ways to reduce the risks of being infected:
- Not to click on any links or attachments in these emails or text messages
- Delete all odd or suspicious emails right away.
- Remember the ATO and myGov will NEVER send an email or SMS asking you to click on a link and provide login, personal or financial information, download a file or open an attachment.
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