Staying safe from ATO scammers

Over the past few years there has been a significant increase in scammers trying to steal taxpayers’ money, claiming they have outstanding debt. Here some tips for spotting a scammer:

  1. Abusive or Threatening: The ATO will never threaten you with an immediate arrest.
  2. Immediate Payment: The ATO will never ask you to transfer money into an account that is not held with the Reserve Bank of Australia. Additionally, the ATO will also never stay on the phone while you go to the bank or post office and never accepts unusual payment methods, such as iTunes cards. Usually you will have to pay via BPay with a specific reference number. Please always contact us if you are not sure.
  3. Contacting you by email, text messages or social media: The ATO does not contact people via email, text or social media for the purposes of providing personal information, credit card or bank details. The ATO will also never send you downloadable files or tell you to install software.  Again please contact us with any queries.
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