The ATO is warning of an email scam, which features the tax office’s letterhead and an email address similar to those used in official ATO correspondence.
In an example email provided by the ATO, scammers are asking people to complete an online ‘tax form’ through a link that contains malware.
The tax office has advised to look out for several telltale signs of an email scam, including that the email doesn’t have an @ato.gov.au sender email address, even though the sender may look similar. Other signs include that you are not specifically named and that the message contains poor grammar.
This latest scam alert follows email scams from March to September 2017, and a phone scam alert in December last year.
Figures from the ACCC in October last year showed losses from scams had surpassed $37 million, and that those between the ages of 45 and 54 were most likely to lose money to online scammers.
It has been suggested that as many as 8,000 businesses are targeted by malware every month. In many instances, the malware spams a business with multiple fake emails, in the hopes that just one slips through the cracks.