SCAMwatch is warning consumers about an email that invites recipients to claim a bogus tax return of $452 by completing an online application.
Scammers appear to be using the end of the financial year and tax time to trick taxpayers into providing their personal details. But don’t be fooled—scammers use these personal details to steal your money and your identity.
The fraudulent email usually has ‘Tax refund online’ as the subject heading and contains the Australian Taxation Office logo. The email contains a link to a website that appears to be the ATO website and asks for personal information such as the person's name, date of birth, address, bank and credit card details.
If you receive the 'Tax refund online' email, SCAMwatch advises you NOT to click on any links provided and to delete the email immediately.
If you have provided personal or bank details via this link, contact your financial institution immediately.
SCAMwatch stresses that the ATO, Centrelink, banks and financial institutions will never send emails requesting verification of personal details for any reason, including tax returns.
Never send your personal, credit card or banking details over the phone or in response to unsolicited emails, and do not enter it on any website if you are not certain the site is genuine.
If you receive unsolicited emails claiming to be from the ATO, Centrelink or your bank—delete them immediately!
Don't open any attachments or click on any links in, or reply to, these emails.
Use phone numbers or web addresses only from sources you know are legitimate—such as telephone directories or official letters or statements from organisations like banks. Never rely on contact details provided in unsolicited emails.