It has come to our attention that scammers pretending to be from ASIC have been contacting registry customers asking them to pay fees and give personal information to renew their business or company name.
These emails most 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 5 December
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
It is also highly advised to check your registration renewal date; ASIC will only issue a renewal notice 30 days before your renewal date. Be sure to search your business name on the ASIC register - if it's outside of your usual renewal time frame it's most likely 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
To ensure your systems are well protected, get it touch with the Advance team today. We're always looking out for you!