The ATO is warning tax payers to be on high alert to scammers.
the ATO has seen an increase in scam phone calls, especially those using software that resembles a legitimate phone number to disguise the caller’s true identity..
The ATO urged people to be aware of scammers pretending to be the ATO. Taxpayers should be wary of any phone call, text message, email or letter about a tax refund or debt.
While the ATO regularly contacts taxpayers by phone, email and SMS, there are some tell-tale signs that it isn’t the ATO.
The ATO will not:
- use aggressive or rude behaviour, or threaten you with arrest, jail or deportation;
- request payment of a debt via iTunes, pre-paid visa cards, cryptocurrency or direct credit to a bank account with a BSB that isn’t either 092-009 or 093-003;
- request a fee in order to release a refund owed to you; or
- send you an email or SMS asking you to click on a link to provide login, personal or financial information, or to download a file or open an attachment.
Butlers Accountants recommends always paying any amount owed to the ATO using BPAY details only.
In addition – if we receive advice to change the bank account your refund or other funds should be deposited into – a Butlers Accountants staff member will always ring you to confirm this.