Warning from ASIC - large-scale email scam
Wednesday, March 08, 2017
- A government coat of arms and ASIC logo and appears to contain a fake email signature attributed to ‘Max Morgan, Senior Executive Leader’ at ASIC. No such employee appears to exist at the commission.
- Recipients’ are advised to email email@example.com, to confirm their business doesn’t require registration which is the real cancellation address provided by ASIC.
Warning signs the email is not from ASIC
- 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.
If you are unsure if the email is from ASIC
- If you doubt the authenticity of an email you've received from ASIC, forward the entire email to ReportASICEmailFraud@asic.gov.au or contact us.
- You can also report the issue to Scamwatch. ASIC's MoneySmart website gives information on how to protect yourself from online scams.
How to avoid email scams in the future
- Keep your anti-virus software up to date.
- Be wary of emails that don't address you by name or misspell your details.
- Be wary of unknown attachments.
- Don't click any links on a suspicious email. In other warning signs, the correspondence is general in nature and doesn’t address recipients by name.