In an online update, the ATO has warned individuals that scammers are sending emails from a fake myGov email address that contain a malicious link that directs the email recipient to a fake “tax refund” form in order to steal their personal information.
“Remember to always exercise caution when clicking links or opening attachments in emails,” the ATO cautioned.
“This scam email misleadingly includes the myGov logo, asks you to click a link that appears to be the myGov website but, when hovering over the link, it does not lead to a my.gov.au address.”
The scam email also does not include the name of the taxpayer, contains poor grammar and spelling, and is unexpected.
“The ATO does not have an online tax refund form. All online management of your tax affairs should be carried out via your genuine myGov account,” the ATO advised.
“Make accessing ATO online services via your myGov account more secure. Update your sign-in options at my.gov.au so you receive a code by SMS when signing in.”