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.
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
Here is an example of a scam email from 11 April 201.
If the email you received contains the above information, it is not from ASIC.
How do I protect myself from email scams?
To help protect yourself:
keep your anti-virus software up to date
be wary of emails that don’t address you by name or misspell your details and have unknown attachments
don’t click any links on a suspicious email.
You can also check your registration renewal date; ASIC will only issue a renewal notice 30 days before your renewal date. You can search for your business name on our register and if it’s outside our usual timeframe, it might be a scam.
How do I notify ASIC of a potential scam?
If you would like to notify ASIC of a potential scam email, you can forward the entire email to ReportASICEmailFraud@asic.gov.au.