Fraudsters are targeting people by posing as the Australian Tax Office (ATO).
The government department has issued a cautionary message to the public, warning of a false email circulating offering tax refunds online and bearing the Tax Office logo. It implores viewers to click a link that send them to an entrapping website that asks for credit card and personal details.
The ATO produced an example of the text that features in such beguiling emails:
Tax refund online!
After the last annual calculation of your fiscal activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund of AUD 452.
Please submit the tax refunds and allow us 2-5 business days in order to process it.
The ATO has instructed the public to immediately dispose of any emails that resemble the above message.
Anybody that has already provided their credit card information through a website claiming to be the ATO should report the incident to their credit card provider.