Be wary of an email that claims to be from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) but actually aims to infect computers with malicious software.
The malicious email tries to trick recipients by claiming their Business Activity Statements (BAS) are available to view, and includes a link that claims to enable recipients to download their BAS. The ATO advises that BAS statements are not provided by email.
Recipients who click on the link automatically download a file that itself downloads malicious software such as ransomware (a type of software that extorts money from victims by preventing access to their computer or files) or keyloggers (software that records every keystroke made on a computer to capture passwords and other sensitive information).
If you receive the email, you should report it on the SCAMWatch website: www.scamwatch.gov.au/ The ATO says people who believe they have been the victim of a scam can call 1800 060 062 (8.00am - 6.00pm, Monday to Friday) for assistance. ... See MoreSee Less