July 2019 ATO impersonation scam report

ATO impersonation scam update

Unbelievably, scammers are still successfully bilking Australians out of tens of thousands of dollars, as a recent ATO scam report shows.

According to the July 2019 ATO impersonation scam report:

  1. 6,179 online scam reports were received in the first month of their new online reporting form going live;
  2. 6,645 phone scam reports were officially recorded, and 465 phishing scam emails were reported to reportemailfraud@ato.gov.au;
  3. 520 taxpayers provided scammers with their personal identifying information including date of birth, tax file number, driver’s licence number and notice of assessment details; and
  4. $197,057 was reported as being paid to scammers, mostly by iTunes and Google Play.

If you are unsure about a call, text message or email purportedly received from the ATO, the best advice is not to reply.

Should you have any concerns, please contact our office directly or, alternatively, you can call the ATO on 1800 008 540 to check if the contact was legitimate or to report a scam.

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