ATO phishing emails on the rise again

Links contained in message may not be detected as malicious

With the 31 October deadline for lodging tax returns approaching, the Australian Taxation Office has reminded people to be on the lookout again for tax-related phishing emails.

The emails have subject lines such as `Attention for the Australian Business Numbers (ABN) owners' and `Australian Taxation Office New Rules' and contain a link that redirects the user to a malware-infested website.

According to the ATO, some antivirus software may not detect the website as malicious.

In June, the Tax Commissioner, Michael D'Ascenzo, warned businesses and consumers about a phishing email that had the subject line 'Australian Taxation Office and your tax return' and invited people to enter their details online before a refund is issued.

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