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03 Feb 09 Warning: Tax refund email scam

In a media release issued on 2 February 2009, the ATO warned people about another email scam being circulated that claims to offer a refund from the ATO. The email asks people to update personal and credit card details in order to receive a tax refund. It is similar to previous scams and uses the ATO logo and words ‘Get Refunds On Your Visa Or Master Card’ in the subject line.

The Commissioner, Michael D’Ascenzo, said people should always be wary of any unsolicited emails claiming to be from the ATO, particularly when they ask for credit card details. “The Tax Office does not send people emails asking them to provide credit card details. Anyone who receives such an email should delete it immediately."

For a copy of the ATO media release, No 2009/06, 2 February 2009, go here.

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