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.
If you receive one of these calls or messages:
- 𝗗𝗼𝗻’𝘁 𝗿𝗲𝗹𝘆 on the contact information provided
- 𝗗𝗼𝗻’𝘁 𝗴𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝘆 𝗽𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗶𝗻𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗺𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 via text or over the phone
- 𝗗𝗼𝗻’𝘁 𝗺𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝗽𝗮𝘆𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀 over the phone or via a link
- 𝗗𝗼𝗻’𝘁 𝗰𝗹𝗶𝗰𝗸 on any links.
If you’re unsure that a call or message is genuine, contact the ATO via the details published on their website.