The Australian Tax Office is warning people not to be taken in by a phoney email purporting to be from the www.ato.gov.au email address.
The ATO advises against opening the attachment as it contains malware. Delete the email immediately.
There are many types of scam currently doing the rounds – online, phone, mail and face-to-face. Online scams, such as email ‘phishing’ 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.
From time to time the ATO will send emails or SMS messages to promote new services or alert people to due dates, such as it’s time for businesses to submit their Business Activity Statement, but they will never send an email requesting you to confirm, update or disclose confidential details like your name, date of birth, address, passwords, credit card details, etc.