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  • Too smart to be scammed?

    Scam Awareness Week is happening from 12–16 August. The week provides an opportunity for you to ensure your business is well protected from scams.

    In 2018, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's (ACCC) targeting scams report found that Australians submitted more than 378,000 scam reports to Scamwatch, Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN) and other federal and state-based government organisations. Total losses exceeded $489 million which was a $149 million increase from 2017.

    ATO impersonation scams reported in 2018 totalled 114,625, with over $2.8 million scammed from taxpayers and over 21,000 potentially compromised personal identities.

    Many Australians believe they would never fall victim to a scam and could confidently spot one or know what to do if they were targeted. However, scammers are becoming more sophisticated, and cybercriminals work hard at this time of year to get as much information about you to commit tax fraud in your name.

    You can keep your business safe by following these tips:

    • Beware of anyone asking you to ‘confirm’ your details, don’t share them unless you’ve checked the person you are dealing with is who they say they are.
    • Keep your devices up to date by installing the latest security updates, run regular anti-virus scans and use a spam filter for email accounts.
    • Monitor your accounts for unusual activity or transactions.
    • Contact your tax agent or us via an independently sourced number before entering into a payment arrangement.
    • If you are ever unsure whether an ATO interaction is genuine, don’t reply. Call the ATO Scam Hotline on 1800 008 540 or visit Scams.

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    Last modified: 09 Aug 2019QC 59847