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Scam data

Find the latest data on ATO impersonation scams.

Last updated 5 February 2024

Latest scam data

January update

In January 2024, we received 1,443 reports of ATO impersonation scams. This is a 105% increase from last month.

There were no reports of payments made to scammers.

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

Jan 24

457

895

78

13

Dec 23

305

357

34

8

Nov 23

676

753

61

66

Oct 23

1,911

1,519

46

29

Sep 23

1,850

856

57

49

Aug 23

1,515

815

79

90

July 23

1,091

928

80

10

Jun 23

574

1,156

57

6

May 23

742

1,128

94

12

Apr 23

572

473

108

11

Mar 23

1,388

821

104

45

Feb 23

2,526

696

96

65

Jan 23

1,409

1,112

76

316

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

Payment methods

Table 2: ATO impersonation scammer payment methods, January 2024

Payment method

N/A

Amount paid

$0

People paid

0

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

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