Scammers have been contacting ASIC customers asking for payment to renew business names or companies. The emails often link to fake ASIC invoices that have incorrect payment details or infect your computer with malware when you click on them.
An email may not be from ASIC if it asks you:
- to make payment over the phone,
- to make payment to receive a refund, or
- for your credit card or bank details directly by email or phone.
For a business name, ASIC will issue a renewal notice 30 days before your renewal date. For a company, ASIC will issue your annual statement within a few days of your review date. If it’s outside ASIC’s usual timeframe, it might be a scam. You can check your renewal date or review date on here.
To help protect yourself:
- keep your anti-virus software up to date,
- be wary of emails that don’t address you by name, misspell your details, or have unknown attachments, and
- don’t click any links on suspicious emails.
If you’re unsure if an email is legitimate, contact ASIC here and ask to confirm if they’ve issued you a notice. You can also notify ASIC of a scam by forwarding the email to ReportASICEmailFraud@asic.gov.au.