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If you are a business owner, you would be well aware of the yearly renewal fee emails you get from the Australian Securities and Investment Commission. However scammers have recently been targeting business owners with fake renewal letters.

Scammers pretending to be from ASIC have been contacting businesses 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. Some emails looks like the shown photo, and are a very good copy of actual ASIC renewals.

ASIC Scam Letter

How Do I Tell?

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

ASIC renewal emails will also have your name and your business or company name in the email. If it does not, be wary. ASIC will only issue renewal notices 3o days before your renewal date. If you are unsure of your renewal date you can search for your business name.

What To Do

If you think an email is suspicious, do not click on any links. You can forward the email to ReportASICEmailFraud@asic.gov.au or contact ASIC.

 

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