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 often have a link that provides an invoice with fake payment details or infects your computer with malware if you click the link.
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
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.
If you doubt the authenticity of an email you’ve received from ASIC, forward the entire email to ReportASICEmailFraud@asic.gov.au or contact ASIC and they can confirm if they’ve issued a notice to you.
You can also report the issue to Scamwatch.
ASIC’s MoneySmart website has some more information on how to protect yourself from online scams.
If you think you might have accidentally paid funds to a scam or provided your personal details, please contact your bank or financial institution immediately.
More information will be available via http://asic.gov.au/online-services/service-availability/scams-targeting-asic-customers/#what-to-do