It’s tax-time again, and with tax-time comes the inevitable influx of scam emails all designed with the same objective: to strip you of your cash. So, to keep you (and your hard-earned money) cyber-safe and secure, read on for important tax-time safety tips…
The newest scam doing the rounds has the subject line ‘Important information regarding your account’ and includes the myGov logo. The email asks you to click on a link to claim your refund, which then takes you to a fake tax refund claim form. This email is a phishing scam designed to steal your personal and financial information. One of our clients has already been targeted with this scam. Needless to say, do not click on the link.
If you receive an electronic message from the ‘ATO’ asking you to click on a link to confirm your personal details, do not click on the link… yep, it’s a scam. How do we know? Because the ATO will NEVER:
- ask you for your TFN or bank details via email or text message;
- contact you using social media sites like Facebook or Twitter to ask for your personal information;
- send an email from an unknown email address.
Tips to Stay Safe
- Know the status of your tax affairs. If you’re aware of the details of any debts owed, refunds due and lodgments outstanding, you are less likely to fall victim to a scam;
- Do not click on links in emails or text messages claiming to be from myGov. myGov will never send you a text, email or attachment with hyperlinks or web addresses;
- Be suspicious of messages that aren’t addressed directly to you, or don’t use your correct name;
- Be suspicious of messages offering you a tax refund in return for a fee or ‘confirmation’ of your details;
- Don’t open messages if you don’t know the sender, or if your gut tells you something’s up;
- Login to your official myGov account to check your inbox for any legitimate emails. The messages you get in your official myGov Inbox are secure and it’s safe to open any links included.
Keep an eye on the latest scam alerts, and make sure you report it if you spot one that looks a little fishy by calling the ATO Scam Hotline on 1800 008 540.
Click here for more cyber-safety information and security tips from the ATO. And if you’re unsure whether you’ve been targeted, just call us on 9887 8751 and we’ll check it out for you.