ATO scams in the spotlight again
BMO Business Centre is warning people to be vigilant when it comes to communication from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).
BMO Partner Peter McKinnon said to beware of scam phone calls, SMS and emails claiming to be the ATO.
“We have heard of quite a few fraudulent phone calls and SMS being received in the area at the moment. Just remember, if you have a registered tax agent, such as BMO, the ATO will contact your tax agent with any queries, not yourself” Mr McKinnon said.
A spike in reported scams has been evident in the last few weeks, with locals receiving aggressive phone calls from people claiming to be from the ATO requesting them to pay their tax debt over the phone.
“Scam attempts usually do increase around tax time, so please be careful and never disclose any of personal details like your bank account or credit card information over the phone to someone you don’t know” Mr McKinnon said.
If people receive a call from the ATO and are concerned about providing their personal information over the phone, they should ask for the caller’s name and phone them back through the ATO’s switchboard on 13 28 69. If people think they may have fallen victim to a phone scam, contact the ATO on 13 28 61.