Tax Office Phishing

johnboy 7 August 2013

The ACT Office of Regulatory Services has posted a NSW Fair Trading warning:

NSW Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe today issued a warning about a new phishing email claiming to be from the Australian Tax Office (ATO) and encouraging recipients to click on a link to obtain a refund to a credit card account.

Mr Stowe said the scam email had been sent to a popular Sydney radio personality who had forwarded the email to Fair Trading for verification.

The email claimed to be a notice that a recent attempt to refund a payment to credit card details on file with the ATO had failed.

It included a link to an alleged tax refund portal and encouraged the recipient to click on the link to receive their refund manually. It also said the recipient would be given the opportunity to update their credit card details.

The Commissioner said the ATO had confirmed the email was a scam and he encouraged people to visit the ATO website for more information about a range of tax office related scams.

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