As a lot of us are currently lodging tax documents and eagerly awaiting a much needed tax return, an email from the ATO prompting us to click a link and confirm some details may just come across a little genuine.
But be aware, many fake emails are circulating at the moment asking the reader to update their credit card information so they can receive a tax refund.
Obviously, once the scammer has your credit card information your balance is going to head south very quickly.
Here is an example of what the email may contain:
This is a notice that a recent attemp to refund a payment to the credit card you have on file with Australian Taxation Office has failed.
Invoice Date: 18/07/2013
Invoice #: 3560098
Amount: $985.16 AUD
Please log in to your Client Area at Tax Refund E-Portal to receive the refund manually. During the payment process you will be given the opportunity to update the credit card that is on record.
Note: This email will serve as an official receipt for this payment.
Australian Taxation Office for the Commonwealth of Australia