Malicious phone scam claiming to be the ATO
12 September 2016
Recently, we have had numerous occasions where our clients have received phone calls claiming to be from the Australian Tax Office (ATO). From time to time the ATO may contact you by phone, but you should be wary of unsolicited phone calls. We advise our clients to be vigilant when receiving phone calls of this nature.
Key indicators that a call is a scam include it being a cold call, you are advised that there is a warrant for your arrest, you are asked to make a payment without having received any prior advice or correspondence from the ATO, and you are asked to make a payment without being provided with a personal payment slip. In many cases, the clients were given a return phone number that made the call seem legitimate.
It’s very important that you never provide any personal information (e.g. date of birth, mother’s maiden name etc.) or bank account information with these types of calls. The ATO has your details on file so they shouldn’t need to be asking for this type of information from you.
If in doubt about the authenticity of a call that you receive from the ATO, you should contact the ATO on one of their publicly listed numbers or contact your local Boyce accountant to verify the legitimacy of the call.