Scammers pretending to be from ASIC have been contacting Registry customers asking them to pay fees and give personal information to renew their business or company name.
These emails often have a link that provides an invoice with fake payment details or infects your computer with malware if you click the link.
Warning signs the email is not from ASIC
An email is probably a scam and is not from ASIC if it asks you:
- to make a payment over the phone
- to make a payment to receive a refund
- for your credit card or bank details directly by email or phone
How do I protect myself from email scams?
To help protect yourself:
- keep your anti-virus software up to date
- be wary of emails that don’t address you by name or misspell your details and have unknown attachments
- don’t click any links on a suspicious email
You can also check your registration renewal date; ASIC will only issue a renewal notice 30 days before your renewal date. You can search for your business name on the ASIC register and if it’s outside the usual timeframe, it might be a scam.
If you doubt the authenticity of an email you’ve received from ASIC, please contact us.
This is an excerpt of information from the Australian and Securities Investments Commission, originally published here.
Scam alert: fake myGov emails
The government has issued an email alerting people to fake myGov emails. The email is a phishing scam designed to capture your personal and banking information that may then be used for fraud, identity theft and other unwanted activities.
The fake ‘sender’ address incorporates terms such as ‘bashsummit’ and ‘esseaservizi’ that do not correspond with any legitimate myGov or government email addresses. The subject line of the fake email is ‘Australian Government and myGov must verify your identity!’
Do not click on any links in the scam email as these direct you to forms designed to capture personally identifying information such as photocopies of passports and drivers’ licences, as well as your bank account details.
These fake forms and pages feature myGov design and branding, making them appear legitimate. They may even provide you with a one-time PIN as part of the process of capturing your account details. You can view examples here.
This is an excerpt of information from Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand