Beware of Scam Emails

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When you’re checking your email or browsing the web, it’s important to be on your guard for online scams.

All of us receive emails every day which claim to be from our bank, our favourite supermarket, the taxman or some other trusted institution. The emails will always contain a link – click on it and you’ll be invited to fill in your login or personal details.

This is of course a scam. The crooks want your details so that they can steal your identity or get control of your bank account.

No bank will ever ask you for your personal details by email – nor will the taxman. Always be suspicious of any links in these emails too. If in doubt, call the firm to check whether the email is legitimate.

Below is one that I recently received. If you are ever in doubt please contact our office and we will be happy to help 1330 80 30 17

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From:                                           Australian Government Department of Human Services <hicx3@humanservices.gov.au>

Sent:                                           Saturday, 9 January 2016 4:07 PM

To:                                               Mark Townrow

Subject:                                       Your 2016 Subsidy benefit

The Department of Human Services will like to inform you of your qualification for 2016 subsidy benefit.

In other to affirm your eligibility, simply reply to this secure message with the following details as listed below & you will be notified shortly.

Last Name:

First Name:

Date of Birth (DD/MM/YYYY): Tax File Number:

Complete Address (Street number & name/Suburb/State/Postcode):

“““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““ Enter at least 2 of the information listed below correctly

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1. Dividends statement (one from the last 2 years) Enter the investment reference number from your dividend statement (no spaces or ‘/’ symbols, e. X0011223344) :

2. Notice of assessment (one from the last 5 years) Enter the date of issue from your notice of assessment (DD/MM/YYYY):

& Enter the sequence or our reference number from your notice of assessment (no spaces) :

3. PAYG summary (one from the last 2 years) Enter the gross amount (no spaces or “$” “.” symbols, e. 2400):

4. Superannuation account details (one from the last 5 years) Enter the super fund ABN (numbers only):

& Enter the member account number (no spaces):

5. Centrelink payment summary (one from the last 2 years) Enter the taxable income amount from your Centrelink payment summary (no spaces or “$” “.” symbols, e. 2400):

6. Enter either a bank account your income tax refund was paid into for the last financial year, or an interest bearing investment account from the last 2 years.

Enter BSB:

Enter Account Number:

©2016 Commonwealth of Australia | Department of Human Services ABN 90 794 605 008

 

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