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ATO SCAM

Monday, May 27, 2019

Over 300 Australians have been duped out of $1 million since the start of the year by a record number of scam phone calls impersonating Australian Tax officers.

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has issued an urgent warning about the overseas scam calls, which manipulate caller identification to appear as if they are coming from a real ATO phone number.

Scammers have adopted “robocall” technology to send prerecorded messages demanding payment of a tax debt and threatening immediate arrest.

If the recipient answers the phone, at the end of the message they will get an option to speak to a human, who will attempt to keep the caller on the line until payment is made and may become rude or aggressive.

The ATO has received 40,225 reports of impersonation scams sinceJanuary, compared with about 30,000 reports at tax time last year. The calls have fooled 321 people, who have collectively paid about $1 million to scammers.

 • The ATO will never send you an email or SMS asking you to click on a link directing you to a login page

• It won’t use aggressive or rude behaviour, or threaten you with immediate arrest, jail or deportation

• It will never request payment of a debt via iTunes or Google Play cards, prepaid Visa cards, cryptocurrency or direct credit to a personal bank account.

• Nor will it request a fee in order to release a refund owed to you.

If you are in any doubt report cases directly to The Australian Taxation Dept

(part the above information has been take from an excerpt which appeared in The Daily Telegraph)

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