We have recently received the below notification from the Australian Taxation Office in relation to some scam emails being received by taxpayers this past couple of weeks. Please take the time to read the details of their warning email below and don’t hesitate to give us a call if you have any questions about what it all means. It’s a concerning, yet increasing trend that we must be vigilante about as more and more of our life takes place online.
Further to the broadcast we issued on 19 December 2012, another phishing email claiming to be from the ATO has been circulating. Our investigations have found that the latest scam email contains a malicious executable file (malware).
The subject title in the email is ‘Tax Agent Report – Delayed Tax Return’ and appears to be from an @ato.gov.au email address. The email and attachment are not from the ATO.
It is a new virus with a low anti-virus detection rate, and is potentially destructive. If you have downloaded or opened the attachment in the scam email, or think you have been a victim of the scam, experts suggest:
- contacting your IT service provider or IT security specialist to investigate and remediate your situation and/or
- disconnecting your internet connections.
The Online security page on our website is regularly updated with examples of the latest scams. It includes an example of the current scam email for your reference.
For information and advice about protecting your online security and recognising scams, you can visit the following government websites:
- www.scamwatch.gov.au – information about how to recognise, avoid and report scams.
- www.staysmartonline.gov.au – comprehensive information and practical tips for protecting yourself against security scams and transacting safely online.
Tax Practitioner and Lodgment Strategy