Tax scams start phishing early

With tax time underway the ATO are seeing an increase in reports of email scams that try to steal personal information.

Scammers pretending to be from the ‘myGov customer care team’ are sending emails that include screen shots of the myGovID app, asking people to verify their identity by clicking on a link.

The ‘secure form’ link goes to a fake myGov logon page designed to steal personal information, including login and credit card details.

Please be mindful of the following:

  • to look out for and delete any suspicious emails
  • not to click on any links
  • never provide the information requested
  • emails or SMS notifications from myGov will never include a link to log in.

If you receive an SMS or email that looks like it’s from myGov, but it contains a link or appears suspicious, you can report it to ScamWatchExternal Link.

If you have clicked on a link or provided personal information, please phone Services Australia’s Scams and Identity Theft Helpdesk on 1800 941 126.

If you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact Brealey Quill Kenny via email, or 9256 2777.

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