Preying on members of the public, scammers are targeting JobKeeper applicants by impersonating the ATO.

Stating they are calling on behalf of the ATO, scammers are asking for bank account details in order to process JobKeeper payments.

The ATO has advised that this is most definitely a scam and to hang up the phone.

JobKeeper payments are reimbursed to the employer, not directly to the employee, so therefore no individual employee bank details are required.

People are encouraged to call the Tax Office if they’re unsure a call from the ATO is legitimate on 1800 008 540.