Tax season is finally upon us and it appears heartless scammers are making the most of it.
The Australian Taxation Office has today issued an urgent warning to Aussies about a convincing text message and email scam currently doing the rounds.
The message includes a link to a dodgy myGov impersonation website, which asks people to update their bank and credit card details in a bid to steal their information.
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“We’re receiving increasing reports of several myGov-related SMS and email scams. These scams look like they have come from a myGov or ATO email address. They also might appear in your legitimate ATO or myGov SMS message thread,” the ATO said in a statement.
“Do not click on these links and do not disclose the information requested even if the SMS looks convincing.”
? SCAM ALERT ? Beware of SMS & email scams that ask you to update your details on a fake @myGovau website. Don’t click any links – even if the message looks convincing. Learn more @ https://t.co/c2lpNft15k pic.twitter.com/YsFl5swGBw
— ato.gov.au (@ato_gov_au) July 9, 2020
The Australian Tax Office stressed that “you will get email or SMS notifications from myGov whenever there are new messages in your myGov Inbox and that these messages will “never include a link to log on to your myGov account.”
“All online management of your personal tax affairs should be done in ATO online services, accessed through your genuine myGov account,” the ATO said.
“Sign in to your myGov account at my.gov.au.”
For added security, users can also opt to receive a security code login via SMS.