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Fraudulent emails about Tax Refunds: Warning

A wave of fraudulent emails purporting to be from the Australian Government are in circulation currently, reportedly concerning Tax Refunds and the end of financial year.

Email Tax RefundBusinesses and individuals are warned to not click on any links in the emails, which may contain a subject such as ‘Australian Tax Refund Agency’ and identify the sender as from “refund@ato.gov.au” <refund@ato.gov.au>. Criminals are using social engineering tricks to trick you into providing personal information as a pretext to receiving a tax refund. This personal information can be used by the criminals to steal your identity.

The subject of the email may contain wording the same as, or similar to:

Australian Taxation Office

Australian Tax Refund Agency

Australian Taxation Office (backcharge)

The from line of the email may contain wording the same as, or similar to:

“refund@ato.gov.au” <refund@ato.gov.au>

“TAXE” <service@ato.gov.com.au>

“Australian Taxation Office” <support@ato.gov.au>

“support@ato.gov.au” <support@ato.gov.au>

This is a scam.

The emails may include links to web sites that attempt to trick you into supplying personal details.

Providing the information requested is likely to mean that your personal and/or business information may be accessed for fraudulent or illegal purposes.

What we recommend you do

If you receive an email similar to this one, do not reply or click on the links in the email.

If you have provided personal information that includes your credit card or bank account information in response to an email request regarding this matter, the information you supplied has been captured by a criminal. Please notify your bank and the Australian Taxation Office.

Where you can find more information

Further information about detecting and preventing being fooled by phishing attacks is here:

SSO Factsheet Protecting Yourself Against Phishing Attacks.

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David Olsen

David Olsen

An undercover economist and a not so undercover geek. Politics, business and psychology nerd and anti-bandwagon jumper. Can be found on Twitter: <a href="http://www.twitter.com/DDsD">David Olsen - DDsD</a>

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