Aussies warned against ‘sinister scammers’ at tax time

Aussies warned against ‘sinister scammers’ at tax time

Aussies warned against ‘sinister scammers’ at tax time

Australians are being urged to remain vigilant for “‘sinister scammers” at tax time, with almost 20,000 suspicious reports made in the past year.

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has already received 19,843 reports of scams in the 2022-23 financial year.

An increase in scam activity is expected as taxpayers prepare to lodge their returns.

Financial Services Minister Stephen Jones said “sinister scammers” were targeting people at tax time.

“We urge people to remain vigilant to scams all year round, but especially at times when scammers are more likely to prey on individuals,” he said.

“The Albanese government is fighting back against scammers.”

Fraudsters may try to impersonate tax officials by contacting individuals via a link to a fake myGov login page.

Other methods include posing as the ATO on social media, and offering to help with tax and super questions.

The ATO does not send links to log in to their online services, or ask people to send personal information via social media, email or SMS.

The government announced last month an $86.5 million package to tackle scams and online fraud.

 

Tess Ikonomou
(Australian Associated Press)



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