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Dodgy links and spelling errors, ATO confirms latest phishing scam

  • May 07 2021
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Dodgy links and spelling errors, ATO confirms latest phishing scam

By Cameron Micallef
May 07 2021

The ATO has alerted taxpayers to a new phishing scam, which cons victims into updating their myGov information.

ATO confirms latest phishing scam

Dodgy links and spelling errors, ATO confirms latest phishing scam

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  • May 07 2021
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The ATO has alerted taxpayers to a new phishing scam, which cons victims into updating their myGov information.

ATO confirms latest phishing scam

According to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and Services Australia, the new scam asks people to identify themselves via a link using a ‘secure form’ that then asks taxpayers to hand over their personal information and banking details.

ATO assistant commissioner Ben Foster said this new phishing scam contains classic warning signs pointing to its illegitimacy, including spelling errors.

“The ATO and myGov do send emails and SMS messages, however will never send you an email or SMS with a hyperlink directing you to a login page for our online services,” Mr Foster said.

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With tax time just around the corner, the ATO is urging Aussies to remain vigilant as they expect to see more of these malicious attempts to harvest identity details.

“We encourage everyone to be on alert and take the time to remind family and friends to be on the lookout and stay safe online,” he said. 

Mr Foster confirmed that myGov had not been compromised. Instead the scam relies on victims to input their information, rather than the scammer gaining access to live information from the government site.

Services Australia general manager Hank Jongen said scams were becoming more sophisticated, and people should always be wary of emails asking for identity documents or personal identifying information.

“If you’ve opened an email that looks suspicious, don’t click any links, open any attachments or reply to it,” Mr Jongen said.

“If you‘ve received the suspicious email and provided your myGov sign with information, you should take immediate action.

“Change your myGov password, and if you’ve provided your banking details, contact your bank.”

The government departments have urged taxpayers that are still concerned and require extra support to call Services Australia’s scams and identity theft helpdesk on 1800 941 126.

“Staff will be able to give you advice on what to do if you’ve been scammed, and connect you with identity recovery services,” Mr Jongen concluded.

Dodgy links and spelling errors, ATO confirms latest phishing scam
ATO confirms latest phishing scam
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Cameron is a journalist for Momentum Media's nestegg and Smart Property Investment. He enjoys giving Aussies practical financial tips and tricks to help grow their wealth and achieve financial independence. As a self-confessed finance nerd, Cameron enjoys chatting with industry experts and commentators to leverage their insights to grow your portfolio.

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Cameron Micallef

Cameron is a journalist for Momentum Media's nestegg and Smart Property Investment. He enjoys giving Aussies practical financial tips and tricks to help grow their wealth and achieve financial independence. As a self-confessed finance nerd, Cameron enjoys chatting with industry experts and commentators to leverage their insights to grow your portfolio.

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