ATO Impersonation Scams
Earlier this year, the Chamber wrote a blog warning members of the increasing number of ATO impersonation scams and what you should do if you receive a "robo-call".
We'd like to remind all Chamber members of the ongoing threat.
According to the ATO's July 2019 impersonation scam report:
6,179 online scam reports were received in the first month of their new online reporting form going live;
6,645 phone scam reports were officially recorded, and 465 phishing scam emails were reported firstname.lastname@example.org;
520 taxpayers provided scammers with their personal identifying information including date of birth, tax file number, driver's licence number and notice of assessment details; and
$197,057 was reported as being paid to scammers, mostly by iTunes and Google Play.
If scammers do make contact, they will request payment of a tax debt – usually through unusual methods like bitcoin, gift cards and vouchers. Legitimate ways to pay your tax debt are listed on the ATO's website and do NOT include these methods. The scammers will threaten you with immediate arrest, attempt to keep you on the line until payment is made and may become rude or aggressive.
The Chamber again warns all members to please take extra care not to fall prey to such scams.