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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