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  • Community urged to join the fight against serious financial crime

    The ATO-led Serious Financial Crime Taskforce (SFCT) has launched a public ‘Identikit’ that describes the typical characteristics and behaviours seen amongst those who deceive, lie and steal from everyday Australians for their own financial gain.

    The Serious Financial Crime Identikit outlines 10 criminal ‘personas’ 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.

    The Identikit is our latest tool in our ongoing efforts to help protect the community from financial crime. Protecting individuals who may be the target of identity theft or have their life savings stolen, and businesses who may be the victims of various scams, is a top priority for us. Financial crime impacts the entire community as well as it impacts our tax and super systems and takes away vital funding for services such as education and health.

    We have also released a new Tax inVoice podcast: Lying, cheating thievesExternal Link featuring Deputy Commissioner Will Day, Dr Rick Brown (Deputy Director Australian Institute Criminology) and host Emily Webb (true crime author). The podcast explores the impacts that serious financial crime has on our community.

    You can download the Identikit from our Serious Financial Crime Taskforce page. If you are aware of any suspicious behaviour you can call the ATO tip-off line on 1800 060 062.

    Last modified: 15 Jun 2021QC 65946