We are just alerting you that there have been recent incidents where scammers have been contacting taxpayers claiming they are from the ATO. The scams work something like this:
- You receive a call out of the blue from someone claiming to be from the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions or the Australian Taxation Office.
- The call may sound like it is an automated message with an American accent.
- The caller or sender will claim that you have an arrest warrant for some reason.
- The scammer will ask you to telephone a number that appears to be Australian but is likely to be a VOIP number.
- The number reported is 02 6100 3027. This is not the correct number for the CDPP.
- The scammer will tell you that in order to resolve the matter you will need to pay a fee.
- You may also be asked to provide your bank account details or other personal information so they can confirm they have the right person.
- If you send any money via wire transfer, you will never see it again it’s nearly impossible to recover money sent this way. You will also never receive the promised rebate or refund.
- If you provide your bank account details or other personal information, the scammer may use it to commit identity theft or to steal your money.
What you need to do if you receive one of these calls:
- If you receive a phone call or email out of the blue from someone claiming to be from the Commonwealth Department of Public Prosecutions or Australian Taxation Office telling you about an arrest warrant, hang up.
- If you receive a message on your phone asking you to telephone 02 6100 3027, delete the message.
- If you have any doubts about the identity of any caller who claims to represent a government department, contact the body directly. Don’t rely on numbers, email addresses or websites provided by the caller find them through an independent source such as a phone book or online search.
- The CDPP is advising people to be vigilant when receiving phone calls of this nature and if in doubt about the authenticity of a call that you receive from the CDPP, contact them on one of the publically listed phone numbers or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Never send any money via wire transfer to anyone you do not know or trust.
- Never give your personal, credit card or online account details over the phone unless you made the call and the phone number came from a trusted source. If you think you have provided your account details to a scammer, contact your bank or financial institution immediately.
Unfortunately this type of crime is on the increase and we all just need to be more vigilant. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact our team on 07 3831 9055.