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Stop and think before you click the link

11 May 2022

Stop and think before you click the link

We've issued a warning about an emerging impersonation email scam targeting tax practitioners. The scam email is sent from a fake email address (noreply [at] tpb.gov.au) and asks you to verify your details by clicking a link in the email to ensure your RAN remains active. This email is not from us – we will never ask you to verify information via a hyperlink. 

This example shows what the scam might look like:

Image of a laptop featuring a TPB email with the word 'scam' written over the top.

What should I do if I receive a suspicious email?

We would recommend you:

  • don’t open messages if you don’t know the sender
  • be suspicious of messages that aren’t addressed directly to you, or don’t use your correct name
  • think carefully before clicking on links or opening attachments
  • contact the person or business separately to check if they have sent the message
  • before you click a link, hover over it to see the web address it will take you to. If you don’t recognise or trust the address don’t click on it
  • make sure your anti-virus software is up to date on all devices used to access email.

Where to get help

  • Refer to Scamwatch if you or someone you know has been scammed, even if you didn’t fall for it.  
  • If you believe you might have unwittingly shared sensitive information, divulged yours or your client’s TFN or experienced a data breach, phone the ATO on 1800 467 033.  
  • If you have been the victim of identity theft, contact iDcare on 1300 432 273.
  • Getting scammed can be a very confronting experience, even if there was no money lost. If you or someone you know is experiencing anxiety, emotional concerns or distress about scams, contact Lifeline or Beyond Blue


Last modified: 11 May 2022