Police warn about fake tax return messages

Just one example of various scam messages circulating

Police have issued a warning from the Australian Tax Office about scam text messages, following a spike in the fake messages about tax returns.

These scam messages claim to be from the Australian Tax Office and ask you to open a hyperlink to fill out a form for your income tax return.

The link takes you to a fake website designed to steal your personal information and credit card details.

A spokesperson at the Tax Office said they were seeing lots of variations of this scam.

“If you receive an SMS like this, don’t click on any links.

“Instead, report the SMS to us and then delete it.

“Warn your family and friends to stay scam alert,” the spokesperson said.

To report an SMS that doesn’t seem right, go to Australian Tax Office website and search for “verify or report a scam”.

Source:

Brisbane Water Police

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