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  • Join the fight against serious financial crime

    The ATO-led Serious Financial Crime Taskforce (SFCT) has launched ‘Identikit’ to help the community understand typical characters and behaviours of those who deceive, lie and steal for their own financial gain.

    Identikit outlines 10 criminal ‘personas’ that are usually involved in financial crime, how to spot them and what to do if you notice suspicious behaviour.

    The personas range from hardcore criminals connected to international crime syndicates, through to professional enablers who use their skills and networks to facilitate financial crime, as well as cyber criminals, launderers, fixers, tax frauds and rorters.

    Along with Identikit, we’ve also released a new Tax inVoice podcast that explores the impacts serious financial crime has on our community. The podcast features SFCT Chief Will Day, Dr Rick Brown (Deputy Director Australian Institute Criminology) and host Emily Webb (true crime author).

    In the podcast, Will Day explains how:

    Direct victims of serious financial crime include people who have had their life savings targeted or identities stolen, through to people and businesses that are not paid for services provided to a company they thought was legitimate. Meanwhile every one of us is a victim too because of the millions of dollars that doesn’t go into our tax system for essential services such as education and health.

    The good news is that Australia has never been better equipped to catch people who enable and conduct serious financial crimes, and our message for those who evade or cheat the tax system is that they have no place to hide”.

    Members of the public and concerned intermediaries can join the fight against serious financial crime by:

    • downloading the Serious Financial Crime Identikit and reading about what is serious financial crime and what to look out for
    • calling the ATO tip-off line on 1800 060 062 if you see something suspicious.

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      Last modified: 11 Jun 2021QC 65942