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Grant Myers received an email from what appeared to be the Office of State Revenue, only to find out it was a virus. Picture: JOHN RUSSELL
Nanjing Night Net

A BORDER resident is warning others about an email scam aimed at encouraging people to pay fake fines to the NSW Office of State Revenue.

Grant Myers said the email looked “semi-legitimate”, even displaying the NSW government logo.

“I thought it was odd because if it was an infringement notice, it would have come in the mail,” he said.

“I clicked on it and that’s when my anti-virus kicked in and told me it was a dangerous site.

“It would have gone straight through if I didn’t have a good anti-virus.”

An incident with an email containing a virus a year ago had left Mr Myers cautious about any suspicious emails after it took an IT worker three weeks to retrieve all his computer files.

Mr Myers is urging anyone who gets a similar email to delete it straight away.

The NSW Office of State Revenue has been aware of the scam since last month and has a notice on its website warning people.

Staff have received many emails and calls from people who have received the email.

Tony Newbury, commissioner of fines administration at the Office of State Revenue, said the notices were part of a sophisticated enterprise.

“While the scam emails and prompts may look genuine, they are 100per cent fake and I urge people not to pay these fraudulent fines,” he said.

Mr Newbury said the Office of State Revenue or the State Debt Recovery Office never issued fines or penalty notices by email.

“If you receive one of these emails, do not click on any links or pay anything,” he said.

“For those who have already paid the fine, I’d encourage you to contact your financial institute in the first instance, then report the incident to Scamwatch.”

The office is not aware of anyone paying the fake fine.

Minister for Fair Trading Matthew Mason-Cox said scams often succeeded because they looked like the real thing.

“Scams target everyone regardless of background, age and income,” he said.

“Many scams originate from outside Australia and once money is sent overseas, it is virtually impossible to recover that money.”

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