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02 Feb 10 Beware of phishing scam promising tax refunds

In media release No 2010/015, issued on 2 February 2010, the Assistant Treasurer, Senator Nick Sherry, warned Australians of a new email phishing scam using the lure of a tax refund to try to steal private information.

"This particular scam is quite sophisticated and uses convincing fakes of what could be easily mistaken for Australian Tax Office web pages," the Assistant Treasurer said.

The email uses the ATO logo and includes the words "Tax refund" in the subject heading and the following text: "General information about e-tax, including the demonstration, benefits of using e-tax, computer and eligibility requirements, and security."

The Minister said that there may be other variations to the subject and text.

More information on online security including examples of scam forms and emails can be found here


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