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ATO Email Phishing Scam

Monday, 17 September 2012    Tax

The ATO are advising than there is a phishing email claiming to be from the ATO circulating. The ATO will never send you an email requesting you to confirm, update or disclose confidential details via an insecure channel such as email. If you receive an email requesting details similar to the example below, please delete this email and do not reply with your personal information.


From: Australian Taxation Office <helpdesk@ato.gov.au>
Date: 17 September 2012 5:06:35 AM AEST
Subject: Your 2012 Benefit.
Reply-To: "ato.desk002@live.com.au" <ato.desk002@live.com.au>

We at the Australian Taxation Office would like to inform you that, you have qualified for 2012,
subsidy benefits.

Simply reply to this secure message with the following details below
and you will be notified shortly.

Family Name:
Given Name/s:
Tax File Number:
Date of Birth (DD/MM/YYYY):
Telephone Number:

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