SMS scam – tax refund notification
Scammers are texting people, asking them to click on a link and provide personal identifying information to receive their tax refund. The image below is one example format this scam can take. If you click on the link it will take you to a fake ‘Tax Refund’ form in order to steal your personal information.
In an effort to make the text appear real scammers use technology that makes their message appear in your legitimate ATO message feed. Remember to always exercise caution when clicking links or opening attachments in emails or SMS even if they are from someone that you know.
The ATO does not have an online ‘Tax Refund’ form and will never send an email or SMS asking you to access online services via a hyperlink.
All online management of your tax affairs should be carried out in ATO online services accessed via your genuine myGov account.
If you are in doubt about an interaction you have had with someone claiming to be from the ATO, or you think you have fallen victim to an ATO impersonation scam, you can call the Australia Taxation Office to verify this on 1800 008 540. If you have made a payment to an ATO impersonation scammer, make an official report to your local police and contact your bank or financial institution if you have given your credit card or bank details to someone that shouldn’t have them.
Please contact our office or visit https://www.ato.gov.au/general/online-services/identity-security/verify-or-report-a-scam/ if you have any queries regarding scams.
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