6 December 2018

ASIC has issued a warning about an email scam targeting ASIC customers.

The scam emails pose as ASIC correspondence, asking victims to pay to renew their business or company name.

The emails may contain links to malware or to invoices with fake payment details.


What to look for

If you receive an email and you’re unsure of it’s authenticity, ASIC advises to watch for any of the following requests which may indicate the email is a scam, and not official ASIC correspondence:

  • A request to make a payment over the phone
  • A request to make a payment to receive a refund
  • A request for your credit card or bank details directly by email or phone
Other warning signs include:
  • Spelling errors
  • Unknown attachments
  • A lack of personal details (i.e. a generic looking email that isn’t addressed to you or doesn’t include any of your personal details like name or address)

Below is an example of a scam email:

ASIC email scam

Protect yourself

The key rule here is, if you’re suspicious of the email then don’t click on the links or act on the payment request.

Having up to date virus protection may not stop the email from landing in your inbox, but it’s another safeguard in case you accidentally click on a suspicious link.

If you have any suspicions or concerns, you can contact ASIC directly to clarify. For more information on this email scam and what to do if you think you’ve been affected, visit the ASIC website: https://asic.gov.au/online-services/service-availability/scams-targeting-asic-customers

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