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  • Scam data

    Find the latest data on ATO impersonation scams.

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    Latest scam data

    In June 2022, we received 1,166 reports of ATO impersonation scams.

    People reported losing $1,500 to scammers. This is an 81% drop from the previous month and a 96% drop from June 2021. The most common method of scam payment was by bank transfer.

    When someone tells us they've provided their sensitive information, we assess the potential consequences and apply measures to secure their tax and super accounts where needed.

    Find out how to protect your personal information, and verify or report a scam.

    Monthly comparison

    Table 1: Monthly comparison of reported ATO impersonation scams

     Date

    SMS

    Email

    Phone

    Jun 22

    127

    460

    544

    May 22

    244

    288

    414

    Apr 22

    293

    342

    450

    Mar 22

    64

    418

    479

    Feb 22

    244

    1,072

    496

    Jan 22

    405

    178

    357

    Dec 21

    368

    184

    231

    Nov 21

    297

    150

    450

    Oct 21

    60

    368

    401

    Sep 21

    40

    181

    939

    Aug 21

    80

    272

    3,546

    Jul 21

    77

    409

    5,325

    Payment methods

    Table 2: ATO impersonation scammer payment methods, June 2022

    Payment method

    Bank transfer

    Amount paid

    $1,500

    People paid

    2

    For legitimate ways to pay your tax debt, see How to pay.

    Last modified: 19 Jul 2022QC 56423