Australian online tax scam warnings issued

Taxpayers are being warned of a number of tax-related online scams claiming speedy electronic tax returns, but which are really fronts for phishing attacks seeking personal banking details.The scams, identified by Symantec’s MessageLabs business unit, falsely claim to come from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and appear legitimate with the inclusion of the ATO’s logo and links to its official website. see:Tax time warning: scammers out in force
Australians are being warned to steer clear of sophisticated tax time phishing emails that purport to come from the ATO but are really designed to steal people’s banking emails and passwords.The MessageLabs Intelligence unit, part of computer security company Symantec, has observed an increase in the fraudulent emails as the end of the financial year approaches. This year, the scams are more sophisticated than ever before.

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