There has been a recent increase in scams targeting businesses and taxpayers. Today we have received notifications from both the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) and the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) about current scam activity taking place. The ASIC warning involves scammers pretending to be from the registry and asking customers to pay fees for company or business names. More information can be found of the ASIC website. The ATO warning involves identity thieves obtaining an AUSkey for legitimate businesses then changing bank details and lodging fraudulent Activity Statements in order to obtain refunds. More information can be found at the ATO website.
If you ever receive as a client an email or other communication from the ATO or another government organisation that you are unsure is legitimate, please feel free to contact us to check and respond on your behalf.