At Pender Accounting Group we are always on the lookout for scammers, and like to keep our clients informed of any new scams
which arise as well as remind you of current scams.
A current scam involving pre-recorded robocalls impersonating the ATO and threatening immediate arrest for an unpaid tax debt.
Scammers use technology known as ‘spoofing’ to show a genuine ATO number on the caller ID.
If you, or anyone you know, receive one of these calls or a voice mail, you can hang up or delete the message. If you have shared
personal information or made a payment to a scammer, contact the dedicated scam line on 1800 008 540 immediately.
The ATO will never:
- issue a pre-recorded message (robocall) to your phone
- present a phone number on caller ID
- threaten immediate arrest, jail or deportation for unpaid tax debts
- demand immediate payment of a tax debt by direct credit to a
personal bank account, via iTunes or Google Play cards, pre-paid Visa cards, or cryptocurrency
- refuse to allow you to speak with a trusted advisor or regular tax agent
- attempt to keep you on the line until you make a payment.
Scammers are becoming more sophisticated and are using technology that allows them to replicate caller IDs, websites and email
addresses. The best way to protect yourself is to not share personal details such as TFN, DOB, credit card & bank details, unless you
know you can trust the person you are dealing with.
For advice if you have been targeted by a scammer, please contact us.