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  • Scammers fake ATO phone numbers

    23 April 2019

    Scammers are using pre-recorded robocalls impersonating the ATO and threatening immediate arrest for an unpaid tax debt. The scammers use a technology known as 'spoofing' to show a genuine ATO number on the caller ID. The technology also allows them to replicate websites and email addresses.

    If you receive such a call or voicemail, hang up or delete it. If you have shared personal information, or made a payment to a scammer, call our dedicated scam line.

    The best way to protect yourself is to:

    • not share personal details, unless you know you can trust the person you are dealing with, such as
      • your tax file number
      • date of birth
      • credit card
      • bank details
    • turn on multifactor authentication, like SMS security codes, when available
    • ensure you are aware of the status of your tax and super affairs. Check your account using the secure channel you use such as Business Portal or ATO Online.

    Next step:

    • Report a scam by contacting us on 1800 008 540.

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