The ACCC and ASIC are warning small businesses to watch out for scam emails pretending to be from ASIC.

Scammers are emailing ASIC’s public register customers, many of which are small businesses, asking them to pay fees and give personal information to renew their business name or company name. These emails often have a link that provides an invoice with fake payment details, or will infect your computer with malware if the links are clicked. You can find an example of the scam email on ASIC’s website.

To help protect your business against scams:

  • keep your anti-virus software up to date
  • be wary of emails that don’t address you by name or misspell your details and have unknown attachments
  • don’t click any links on a suspicious email.

If you think you have been sent an email pretending to be from ASIC, you are encouraged to visit the scams targeting ASIC customers page which provides more useful information on what to look out for.

To stay on top of the latest scams, you can visit Scamwatch, follow @scamwatch_gov on Twitter and subscribe to Scamwatch radar alerts

This information has been provided by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission.