Australian registered company holders targeted with ASIC email scam
Thursday 15th June 2017
Beware of a recent malicious email scam targeting Australian registered businesses. The email claims to be from the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC), the body that manages company registrations, and contains a link to download documents related to the renewal of a company registration.
Appearing legitimate, many of these scam emails are known to contain malicious attachments, including ransomware, which locks users out of important files and demands a significant fee to get them back. Others may also ask clients to hand over confidential information to the scammers.
Below is an example of one such email:
The latest email comes admist complaints of an increasing number of false IP renewal notices around the world (see our earlier article here).
Information about identifying and dealing with suspicious ASIC scam emails can be found on the ASIC website.
Baldwins is very familiar with the process and requirements of registering and maintaining company registrations in Australia and New Zealand. If you have any doubt about the legitimacy of a notice you receive from the ASIC or another agency please contact us before opening attachments, arranging payment or divulging any confidential information to a third party. Our experts can verify the legitimacy of any communications and advise you on the best course of action.
If you have receieved a letter you are concerned about or you would like further information, please contact a Baldwins representative.