A phishing email claiming to be from the ATO is currently circulating. The scam email appears to be from an ato.gov.au email address and displays as being sent from the Australian Taxation Office. Don’t open the attachment as it contains malware.Delete the email immediately.
There are many different types of scams – online, phone, mail and face-to-face. Online scams, such as email ‘phishing’ scams are on the rise and are designed to trick you into giving away your money, passwords and personal details (such as your tax file number – TFN).
From time to time, we will send you emails, SMS or post messages on our official social media profiles promoting new services or alerting you to due dates, for example tax time is approaching or that your business activity statement is due. However, we will never send you an email requesting you to confirm, update or disclose confidential details like your name, date of birth, address, passwords, credit card details etc.
This page is constantly updated with examples of the latest ATO related scams as we become aware of them. Please check back regularly to stay informed.
Extract from www.ato.gov.au