Scam emails are not current news, and ones from ASIC have been circulating for a good couple of years now.
We’ve been alerted recently from a few clients that they have received some odd correspondence from ASIC, and from this we can confirm that another one is doing the rounds again.
Scammers pretending to be from ASIC have been contacting Registry customers asking them to pay fees and give personal information to renew their business or company name.
These emails often have a link that provides an invoice with fake payment details or infects your computer with malware if you click the link.
An email is probably a scam and is not from ASIC if it asks you:
- to make a payment over the phone
- to make a payment to receive a refund
- for your credit card or bank details directly by email or phone
Here is an example of a scam email from 17 September 2018.
If the email you received contains the above information, it is not from ASIC.
To help protect yourself:
- keep your anti-virus software up to date
- be wary of emails that don’t address you by name or misspell your details and have unknown attachments
- don’t click any links on a suspicious email
You can also check your registration renewal date; ASIC will only issue a renewal notice 30 days before your renewal date. You can search for your business name on our register and if it’s outside our usual timeframe, it might be a scam.
If you would like to notify ASIC of a potential scam email, you can forward the entire email to ReportASICEmailFraud@asic.gov.au.
You can find this information, and more, direct from the ASIC Website.