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Scammers are opportunistically using tax time as a chance to exploit unsuspecting victims. The Australian Tax Office (ATO) are warning that scam phone callers are targeting Australian taxpayers by pretending to be ATO staff. Often these scam phone callers demand payment of debts. They have also been known to offer false refunds in exchange for personal details.

Security tips for Tax Time

  1. Create strong passwords for myGov, online banking, email etc. Learn more
  2. Update your Operating System to the latest security patches (updates)
  3. Filter SPAM
  4. Use a secure browser when logging on to online banking sites
  5. Protect yourself against phishing attacks with quality security software
  6. Never share your passwords

The ATO stated that they will never:

  • Threaten you with immediate arrest.
  • Ask you to pay money to receive a refund or payment from us.
  • Ask you to pay a debt via iTunes vouchers, or pre-paid credit card or store gift cards.
  • Ask you to provide personal information, such as your tax file number (TFN) or credit card number, via email or SMS
  • Ask you to pay money into a personal bank account.
  • Direct you to download files from the internet, or open attachments in unsolicited emails.

If you think you are a victim of a tax-related scam, phone the ATO on 1800 008 540.

You can check if you have a legitimate refund by contacting your tax agent, checking your myGov account for any messages, or calling the ATO directly to verify the correspondence on 1800 008 540.

You can read more about ATO scams on their website.

By Amy at 18 Jul 2017, 10:00 AM