SCAM WARNING: Don't click the link
A SUNSHINE Coast man who has been bombarded by fake emails purporting to be from the Australian Taxation Office is warning others of the danger of the scam.
Charlie Bourke has received four emails, without any branding or logos, but signed ATO AU, urging him to click a link and download a file.
While the email is filled with clues that point to its illegitimacy, Mr Bourke has warned others not to be duped into downloading attachments that are likely to be malware - files designed to infect computers when opened.
"Being tax related, it could easily trap the unwary into downloading the rubbish," he said.
The email reads:
Dear Resident Charlie,
This is to let you know that your tax application for the year 2017 has been reviewed by our officers and several inconsistencies have been revealed.
Download now Your Declaration 4346 - vpeyza7m.
We advise you to visit our nearest bureau to clarify the discrepancies in question.
Kindly bring with you a printed copy of the screening outcome, which you will find in attached file(download), a copy of your revenue statement 02 Feb 2017 and your ID card/passport.
ATO AU - Jaiden Klinge
The ATO warns people should be wary of any emails, faxes, SMS and phone calls claiming to be from the ATO, saying they could be scams to trick people into paying money or providing personal information.
Anyone who receives a suspicious email claiming to be from the ATO is advised not to click any links, open attachments or respond to the sender.
Instead forward the email to ReportEmailFraud@ato.gov.au without changing or adding any additional information and delete from your inbox and sent folder.
If you think you are a victim of a tax-related scam, phone the ATO as soon as possible on 1800 008 540 (8am-6pm, Monday-Friday).
- The email was not sent from a government address.
- Terms and dates used are not consistent with ATO phrases and tax times.
- The salutation is included is not commonly used in Australia.