• Scam Warning

    The Department of Finance has become aware of a scam that involves a Stop Order Notice issued by email using departmental letterhead purportedly from the Monitoring Branch of Western Australian Department of Finance regarding a large transfer of money to the recipient.

    In order to obtain the funds, the Notice instructs the recipient to obtain a “Tax Certificate” from the Department which requires the immediate payment of a fee representing two (2) per cent of the funds to be transferred. Relevant bank account details of the recipient, including instructions, are sought for this purpose.

    The Department of Finance does not carry out the function outlined in the Notice and the sender’s use of departmental letterhead is unauthorised.

    Recipients are warned not to provide their bank account details or respond in any way to these Notices.

     A sample of the Notice.

     

    Published date: 16 April 2014