Large numbers of scammers have been trying to trick people with fake tax debt scams recently. These scammers will tell you that you have a tax debt and if you don’t pay it straight away, you’ll be arrested. If you receive a phone call or message like this, don’t respond.
The ATO will never:
- threaten you with immediate arrest, jail or deportation
- request payment of a debt via iTunes, Google Play gift cards or other vouchers
- insist you stay on the phone until you pay
- prevent you from discussing your tax affairs with your agent or adviser.
Here are some useful tips.
Tip 1 Know the status of your tax and super affairs! You’re less likely to fall victim to a scam if you’re aware of any refunds, debts and lodgments due. Chat with your tax agent or log into our online services to check your details.
Tip 2 Stay safe online by logging into our online services through our website or ATO app – never via links in emails. For added security, update your myGov sign-in option so you receive SMS codes.
Tip 3 Help protect your family and friends, especially older relatives! Warn them about tax scams and tactics so they don’t get tricked into paying money or sharing their personal info.
If you’re ever unsure if a contact is really from the ATO, hang up and call us on (03) 9904 9261.
You can verify or report a scam here – https://www.ato.gov.au/general/online-services/identity-security/verify-or-report-a-scam/