Scammers pretending to be from the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) have been contacting ASIC 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.
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
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 the ASIC register and if it’s outside the usual timeframe, it might be a scam.
What should I do if I’m unsure an email is from ASIC?
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 it can be confirmed whether a notice has been issued 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.