Fraudsters posing as the ATO have been sending emails to people telling them their “2022 tax lodgement” has been received by the tax office.
The scam email asks users to open an attachment to sign a document and complete their “to do list details”.
If you open the attachment, you are taken to a phoney Microsoft login page where scammers can capture your login details.
— ato.gov.au (@ato_gov_au) June 8, 2022
They will then use these details to reset your passwords for other accounts, such as online banking, so they can drain your bank accounts.
Once you’ve forwarded the email, it’s best to delete it.
Other tax scams to watch out for
This is not the first time scammers have pretended to be from the ATO.
These fraudsters tell people they can provide a TFN for a fee to lure people onto a fake website to steal their money and personal information.
How do I avoid falling for tax scams?
According to the ATO, it never sends emails or SMS messages asking people to log in or use its online services.
It may periodically ask people to contact the department, but would never send messages out of the blue asking people to provide personal information.
People can also protect themselves from scams in general by having strong passwords and updating them regularly.
Westpac’s general manager of fraud prevention and financial crime, Chris Whittingham, has some extra tips for avoiding scams:
Don’t trust unexpected calls or emails: If there’s someone claiming to be from a reputable organisation, stop to consider what they are asking for
Ignore suspicious email links: Whatever you do, don’t click on links in emails that ask you to make a payment
Act fast: Don’t put off a call to your bank if you think you’ve been scammed - immediate action gives banks the best chance to catch scammers