How to protect your identity – ATO’s (anti) fraud video
The ATO continues to warn taxpayers about the dangers of not protecting important details such as their tax file number, date of birth, current address and driver’s licence number.
So it has put out a video called “Don’t let yourself disappear”, which shows what can happen when personal information gets in the wrong hands.
In it, while discussing identity fraud, one of the characters says, “Yeah, I saw an ad for a cleaning job.”
“Great pay, low hours. I thought awesome, extra cash. So I gave them all my details, and then I never heard back about the job.”
“Then at tax time my refund was taking forever, so I called the Tax Office and they told me that it’s already been issued.”
“So the scammer stole my identity and my refund.”
“The Tax Office is helping me sort it out, but I should have thought twice about giving out my details.”