1st July 2011
BMO Accountants is warning locals to be cautious about opening emails that are disguised as being from the Australian Tax Office.
BMO Practice Manager Barry Jordan said that the firm has been made aware of a scam email that is currently being circulated.
“It’s an email that is falsely claiming to be from the ATO stating that you are eligible for a tax refund. The email includes a link that if clicked has the potential to deliver a virus to your computer system,” Mr Jordan said.
“People should never click on a link but rather contact your accountant or use the ATO online services to ensure they are logging into the genuine ATO website.”
As an extra precaution the ATO recommends people type internet addresses directly into their internet browser rather than clicking on links embedded in emails or attachments.
The ATO website contains information on this and other recent scams and scam examples that have been reported to the ATO. Individuals can report suspicious behaviour to the ATO confidentially by phoning 1800 060 062 during business hours. Suspicious unsolicited emails claiming to be from the ATO can be forwarded to ReportEmailFraud@ato.gov.au
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