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  • Scam data

    Find the latest data on ATO impersonation scams.

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    Latest scam data

    In October 2022, we received 1,711 reports of ATO impersonation scams.

    People reported losing $3,700 to scammers. This is an increase from the previous month and from October 2021. The most common method of scam payment was bitcoin. 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

    Social

    Oct 22

    393

    1,191

    94

    3332

    Sep 22

    548

    569

    151

    3

    Aug 22

    666

    828

    80

    5

    July 22

    321

    489

    197

    2

    Jun 22

    127

    460

    544

    2

    May 22

    244

    288

    414

    0

    Apr 22

    293

    342

    360

    1

    Mar 22

    64

    418

    479

    5

    Feb 22

    244

    1,072

    496

    3

    Jan 22

    405

    178

    357

    0

    Dec 21

    368

    184

    231

    4

    Nov 21

    297

    150

    450

    1

    Oct 21

    60

    368

    401

    1

    The Social category includes scams that occur through platforms like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and WhatsApp.

    Payment methods

    Table 2: ATO impersonation scammer payment methods, October 2022

    Payment method

    Bitcoin

    Amount paid

    $3,700

    People paid

    2

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

    Last modified: 07 Dec 2022QC 56423