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Protect yourself from scammers at tax time

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An increase in scams predicted this year

Scam activity tends to build up around the end of the financial year, as people, at times hurriedly and anxiously, gather documentation and prepare their returns.

Scammers try to take advantage of the movement of all that sensitive financial and personal information in order to commit fraud and identity theft.

What to do now

Talk to your family about these scams, and in particular, older relatives who may be more vulnerable to this type of crime. Tell them to ‘ask out loud’ and get a second opinion from a friend or family member if someone contacts them unexpectedly and says they are from the ATO.

Details

There are two main types of scam that involve criminals impersonating the ATO:

Staying safe

From time to time the ATO does contact people via phone and email, but the ATO will never:

The ATO also provides some excellent information on common types of scams and how to report one if you see it.