Don’t be a email scam victim
As consumer fraud awareness, the ATO is encouraging people to be alert to potential online and email scams.
Second Commissioner David Butler said the ATO, like many business and government agencies, is seeing sophisticated scams designed to trick people into giving away their personal details such as password, banking and credit card details.
“Scammers can use your personal details to steal your identity and commit fraud,” Mr Butler said.
“I urge people to be careful – be wary of unsolicited emails claiming to be from the ATO.”
If you think you may have been the victim of a scam and have provided your credit card or banking details in the process, contact your financial institution immediately.
Tips to protect yourself and your identity online
For more information on how to report and protect yourself from scams and to see examples of genuine ATO communications, visit http://www.ato.gov.au/content.asp?doc=/content/62347.htm.