Queensland Police are warning residents of the Sunshine State about a new phishing scam that sees emails arrive in Australian Taxation Office (ATO) livery, complete with promise of a refund. Such emails are, we imagine here in El RegM’s antipodean eyrie, probably the only email one really wants to open from the ATO. Queensland …
Get! Your! Tax! Refund!
Even if a recipient managed to ignore all the stuff like the dodgy return email address wouldn't the exclamation mark in the subject be a bit of a clue?
Re: Get! Your! Tax! Refund!
Another clue - a bigger clue - is that the email came out just before the end of the financial year. Most people can't file their tax return before the first of July, because they need to get their Group Certificate(s) and other paperwork from their employer or employers. That can be a laborious process.
The scammers jumped the gun popping off their email in June. Many people would wonder "How does one get a tax refund for the financial year when the financial year hasn't ended?" Issue it a month later (when people are struggling with the intricacies of Tax Family Benefits A and B and Work Related Expenses), and more people may have been tempted to click some random email to end the paperwork pain.