The ATO has warned of this email scam doing the rounds at the start of tax time.
The ATO has warned of this email scam doing the rounds at the start of tax time. ATO

ATO warns of tax time scam

THE Australian Tax Office issued a warning on social media on Friday showing scammers don't feel they have to try particularly hard this year to try entice people to click their fake links.

In a photo shared on Facebook and Twitter, the ATO warned people away from an email where a scammer pretends the ATO has mistakenly accrued interest "for me and you."

The email then invites the reader to click on a hyperlink that appears to be the ATO's website, but is malicious.

"Keep an eye on your inbox for a new email scam like the example below," the ATO's post said.

"Do not click the link or reply to the email. Forward the email to us at ReportEmailFraud@ato.gov.au and then DELETE it from your inbox and sent items."

Tax time scams are a regular feature in email inboxes and at the end of the telephone line come the end of the financial year.

Some will use a malicious link to download virusware onto your computer. Others will use different techniques to get personal information.

Known as phishing, scammers pose as government departments or big business and often give the promise of money - in exchange for valuable information like your credit card information or social media log-ins.

The ACCC's Scamwatch said as of June 19 that almost $260,000 had already been reported lost to phishing scams in 2017.

In it's statement, Scamwatch advised people to delete any email or hang-up on anyone who contacted you out of the blue asking for personal information, regardless of who they claim to represent.

News Corp Australia


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