Federal Member for Fisher Mal Brough is warning Sunshine Coast residents to be aware of a new scam email purporting to be from the Australian Tax Office.
Mr Brough received the email today and knew immediately it wasn’t genuine.
“The email professes to be from the Taxation Office and tries to trick you into providing your private details,” he said. “It is signed from the chair of the Australian, Securities and Investments Commission.
“But it is important that people understand the ATO never sends emails requesting personal details for any reason, including for tax returns.
“We passed the email to the Tax Office which has received numerous complaints about similar fakes.”
The bogus email included the words: “You are eligible to receive a tax refund” in the subject line and look similar to this:
According to Scamwatch these emails go to great lengths to convince recipients that they are genuine and can include the ATO’s logo and a link to what appears to be the ATO website.
Consumers are asked to provide details such as their name, email details, date of birth, address and banking details in order to search for any tax refunds.
If you receive this type of email, SCAMwatch advises you not to click on any links provided and to delete the email immediately.
If you have provided personal or bank details via this link, contact your financial institution immediately.