Fake ATO Scams

Fake ATO Scams

·         Scammers fake ATO phone numbers

There is a current scam involving pre-recorded robocalls impersonating the ATO and threatening immediate arrest for an unpaid tax debt. The scammers use a technology known as 'spoofing' to show a genuine ATO number on the caller ID.

If clients receive one of these calls or a voicemail, please hang up or delete it. If you have shared personal information, or have made a payment to a scammer, please call the ATO dedicated scam line on 1800 008 540.

The Australian Tax Office will never:

  • issue a pre-recorded message (robocall) to taxpayer's phones,

  • present a phone number on caller ID,

  • threaten immediate arrest, jail or deportation for unpaid tax debts,

  • demand immediate payment of a tax debt by direct credit to a personal bank account, via iTunes or Google Play cards, pre-paid Visa cards, or cryptocurrency,

  • refuse to allow taxpayers to speak with a trusted advisor or regular tax agent, and

  • attempt to keep taxpayers on the line until they make a payment.

    Scammers are becoming more sophisticated, using technology that allows them to fraudulently replicate caller IDs, websites and email addresses. The best way to protect yourself against scams is to:

  • not share personal details such as your tax file number, date of birth, credit card or bank details, unless you know you can trust the person you are dealing with.

  • ensure you are aware of the status of your tax affairs. You can check this with A Grade Tax, or by personally logging in to your own myGov account, or contacting the ATO directly on 1800 467 033.


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