Staying safe from cybercrime during tax time
As the end of the financial year is upon us, filing and preparing for a tax return is something that will bring a degree of stress. To further add to this, cybercriminals are also looking for ways to use this period to capitalise and trick you into handing over your personal and financial information. With the amount of valuable information being shared online during this tax season, ensure you are following the tips below on what to look out for, to help safeguard your information safe from cyber thieves.
- Australian Tax Office (ATO) impersonation scams: Calls or messages claiming to be from the ATO insisting that you owe money and that it must be paid as soon as possible. If the call is not picked up, they leave an emergency call-back message. It is important to remember the ATO will never call you to demand immediate payment. If you are concerned about any suspicious activity, you should contact the ATO directly and keep updated on their current scams alerts.
- Phishing, email and malware schemes: Watch for unsolicited emails, texts, social media posts or fake websites that might prompt you to click a link or share personal and financial information. Cybercriminals can use such information to steal your money and/or your identity. Unfamiliar links or attachments can also contain viruses, spyware or other malware that get installed on your computer or mobile device without your knowledge.
- Fraudulent tax returns: File your tax return as soon as possible. The ATO only accepts one tax return per Tax File Number (TFN). If you file early, it becomes impossible for a cybercriminal to submit another return with your personal information.
Other useful cyber tips:
- Checking access and permissions to your Office365 applications: If you have created groups or sites using the following Office365 applications such as SharePoint, OneDrive, Teams, Planner etc review your access and permissions so that you are not accidentally sharing information with an unintended audience. You can find out more on how to lock down permissions here.
- Use a password manager to securely manage all your passwords. We currently have a FREE LastPass licence available for staff and students.
- Enable multi factor authentication (MFA) where possible to your online accounts. This adds a second layer of security to protect your accounts.
- Protect your digital footprint by reviewing your privacy settings for your online accounts and what information they have of you.
Additional information and help:
Please forward any suspicious emails to email@example.com for the Cybersecurity team to review.
If you would like to book in a cyber security overview session for your group or team, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. In this session you will learn simple tips to help protect yourself, your information, and the data of colleagues within UoM.
If you have a cybersecurity question, please don’t hesitate to reach out to, via Service Now ticket.