Scam alert - ATO Scams

Tax Time scam alert.

The end of the financial year is a busy time for scammers.

Scammers take advantage of Australians who are likely to be communicating with the Australian Tax Office (ATO) by sending fraudulent messages:

  • Asking for payment of a tax debt
  • Advising you are entitled to a refund
  • Seeking personal information to complete your tax return
  • Threatening arrest if you don’t respond immediately.

The ATO will never threaten you or ask for urgent action.ย 

If you receive one of these calls or messages:

  • ๐——๐—ผ๐—ป’๐˜ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—น๐˜† on the contact information provided
  • ๐——๐—ผ๐—ป’๐˜ ๐—ด๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜† ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป via text or over the phone
  • ๐——๐—ผ๐—ป’๐˜ ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐˜€ over the phone or via a link
  • ๐——๐—ผ๐—ป’๐˜ ๐—ฐ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ธ on any links.

If you’re unsure that a call or message is genuine, contact the ATO via the details published on their website.

For more information about how to protect yourself and your loved ones and for information on how to report scams, see our Scams and Security pages.

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