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How to spot a scam

Last updated 7 November 2022

Scammers go to great lengths to look like trusted organisations when they contact you, which can make it tricky to identify real from fake.

But there are always a few details that can give away a scam.

This Scams Awareness Week (7-11 November), we’re encouraging businesses and individuals to brush up on their knowledge of tax and superannuation scams. Make sure you know what to look out for.

Here’s a few things we’ll never do:

  • send you a link in an email or text asking you to log in to our online services. Scammers use this tactic to harvest your information
  • ask for your personal identifying information, such as your tax file number or bank account details, on social media. To make sure you’re interacting with verified ATO accounts, look for the blue verified tick on Facebook and X, and a high follower count on LinkedIn
  • request payments through unusual methods, such as gift cards, crypto assets or cardless cash
  • threaten you with immediate arrest. If this happens, report the incident to us.

Knowing these warning signs could save you and your business from getting caught in a scam. We recommend you also review our tips on keeping your business information secure. The Scamwatch websiteExternal Link is another helpful resource. For information on how to verify or report a scam see our website.

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