Scammers are using pre-recorded robocalls impersonating the ATO and threatening immediate arrest for an unpaid tax debt. The scammers use a technology known as ‘spoofing’ to show a genuine ATO number on the caller ID. The technology also allows them to replicate websites and email addresses.
If you receive such a call or voicemail, hang up or delete it. If you have shared personal information, or made a payment to a scammer, call the ATO dedicated scam line.
The best way to protect yourself is to:
- not share personal details, unless you know you can trust the person you are dealing with, such as
- your tax file number
- date of birth
- credit card
- bank details
- turn on multifactor authentication, like SMS security codes, when available
- ensure you are aware of the status of your tax and super affairs. Check your account using the secure channel you use such as Business Portal or ATO Online.
Report a scam by contacting the ATO on 1800 008 540.