Something that has become almost as inevitable as tax time is the wave of scammers using the occasion to try to rip off unsuspecting victims.
A recent phone scam operating in NSW prompted police to issue a warning for all Australians to be wary of potential phone scammers who attempt to coax people into handing over their personal and financial details.
Victims had reported receiving phone calls from someone claiming to represent the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), who goes on to tell the recipient they have an outstanding bill or debt that must be paid, or a warrant will be issued for their arrest. The number displayed on the caller identification is that of the local police station, and it is unclear how scammers used the actual number.
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Community members are reminded the ATO will never:
- threaten you with immediate arrest
- ask you to pay money to receive a refund or payment
- 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.
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