ASIC warns that scammers pretending to be from ASIC have been contacting the 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.
It’s sent at least 30 days before your renewal is due and is sent via email in most cases.
Click here to see an example of a scam email from 4 November 2019.
If you receive an email purporting to be from ASIC which contains the above information, it is not from ASIC and you should not click on any links or open any attachments.
To help protect yourself include:
- keep your anti-virus software up to date and run weekly anti-virus and malware scans
- be wary of emails that don’t address you by name or misspell your details and have unknown attachments
- remove email access from people who no longer need it
- use a spam filter on your email account and don’t click any links on a suspicious email
- secure your wireless network and be careful when using public wireless networks.
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 at https://asic.gov.au/online-services/search-asics-registers/business-names and if it’s outside their usual timeframe, it might be a scam.
Further information is available from the ASIC website at https://asic.gov.au/online-services/service-availability/scams-targeting-asic-customers/