Beware of tax-related scams

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Marcelo Orlandi
Beware of tax-related scams

It’s tax time again. Millions of Australian have completed, are in the middle of, or starting to plan for their taxes. You may be thinking, what is the relationship between Tax and Cyber Security? Well, by this time you should know that Cyber Security is everywhere in our lives, from your new and shiny Smart TV which connects automatically to the Internet, or your new fridge which you can see and monitor from your mobile phone through the Internet or even your car which streams Pandora or any other music radio from the Internet.

This time the bad guys are busy trying to get YOUR money impersonating ATO personnel and asking for payment. Do you know that there are tens of thousands of reports from businesses concerning tax-related scams at this time of the year?  They normally target “busy” people, accounting personnel, owners, who are really busy and click on the wrong email.

Businesses lost $4.7 million to these type of scams last year alone. Remember ATO has already your information then they should not ask by email to enter all over again. If in doubt, just go to www.ato.gov.au and browse through your communication. DO NOT rely on a link sent by email.

If you think you are a victim of a scam you can always report it to the ATO to 1800 008 540. In their website, you can find the latest alerts regarding scams such as fake tax refund, voicemails, tax forms, and so for.

Be careful out there, until next Malware Monday.