It’s around this time of year when there is heightened scam activity. Scammers try and deceive individuals and businesses into paying money or giving out your personal information.Below is a notice from the ATO regarding a recent scam in relation to TFN information. Please never share your TFN, myGov or bank account details, or other sensitive personal identifying information.
Be on the lookout for a new phone scam claiming your tax file number (TFN) has been suspended!Recorded phone calls claiming to be from the ATO and other government agencies are trying to trick people into providing personal information.
These scammers will tell you there’s a legal case against you, and if you don’t follow instructions and provide the information requested, you’ll be arrested. Don’t follow the prompts, and don’t provide the information requested. We will never send unsolicited pre-recorded messages to your phone, or threaten you with immediate arrest. If you’re ever unsure whether an ATO interaction is genuine, hang up and phone our scam hotline on 1800 008 540.
Warn your family and friends to stay alert and visit our scam alerts page to learn more: http://www.ato.gov.au/…/Identity-security/Scam-alerts/