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Current Tax Scam Warning.



What to look out for to ensure you’re not falling victim.

Have you received emails, phone calls or letters from the Australian Tax

Office, demanding payments for outstanding tax bills using iTunes cards? Be

careful, these could be part of a new sophisticated tax scam defrauding



Typically, when emails are used as correspondence, these emails contain

links to fake websites that look remarkably genuine and may have

attachments containing system-corrupting Malware or, in some cases,

“Ransomware” which seeks payment for unlocking access to your own

computer files.


Little can be done to stop scams such as these, with the criminals responsible

often being based offshore and using techniques that are near-on impossible

to trace by local authorities.


As your authorised Tax Agent, contact from the ATO about your taxation

affairs should always come via our office. In particular the Australian Tax

Office DOES NOT make phone calls soliciting payments for outstanding debt

without first writing to taxpayers. Should you receive any direct contact

purporting to be from the ATO, notify us immediately and we will work to verify

it as genuine. Alternatively you can take matter up directly with the ATO in

1800 008 540.


Under NO circumstances should you pay an alleged Tax Debt without

establishing it’s validity with us first.


Follow the link here to read the Tasmanian Police Media release

Follow the link here to read the Australian Tax Office Media Release


If you you have any queries or concerns or feel you may have been caught-up in

this scam, feel free to contact one of the Geelong based Tax specialists at The

Hrkac Group.

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