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
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