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  • Scam data

    Each month, we provide a snapshot of information received from the public about ATO impersonation scams. This intelligence helps shape our community scam education and awareness strategies.

    Latest scam data

    In September 2021, we received 1,171 reports of ATO impersonation scams.

    People reported losing $26,425 to scammers. This is a 74% drop from last month and a 96% drop from September 2020.

    The most common methods of scam payment were:

    • bank transfer ($24,900)
    • iTunes ($500)
    • cardless cass ($490)
    • other ($535).

    This month, 72 clients lost sensitive personally identifiable information (PII) to scammers.

    When a client tells us they've provided sensitive PII, we assess the potential consequences, and apply measures to secure their tax and super accounts where needed.

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    Monthly comparison

    Table 1: Monthly comparison of reported ATO impersonation scams

     

    SMS

    Email

    Phone

    Oct 20

    142

    590

    22,318

    Nov 20

    141

    598

    13,682

    Dec 20

    65

    284

    7,317

    Jan 21

    323

    122

    7,329

    Feb 21

    149

    218

    9,556

    Mar 21

    53

    372

    7,963

    Apr 21

    25

    264

    3,058

    May 21

    39

    256

    3,275

    Jun 21

    44

    123

    3,090

    Jul 21

    77

    409

    5,325

    Aug 21

    80

    272

    3,546

    Sep 21

    40

    181

    939

    Payment methods

    Table 2: ATO impersonation scammer payment methods, September 2021

    Method paid

    Bank transfer

    iTunes

    Cardless cash

    Google play

    Unknown

    Credit card

    Amount paid

    $24,900

    $500

    $490

    $300

    $150

    $85

    People paid

    4

    1

    1

    1

    1

    1

    See also

    • How to pay for legitimate ways to pay your tax debt.
    Last modified: 10 Nov 2021QC 56423