Australians watch out! The number of scams targeting us during tax time is off the charts. The tactics used by tax scammers may change from year to year, but their goal is the same. To get money and personal info from their victims.
Criminals pretend to be from the Australian Tax Office (ATO) or an accountant/tax agent or associated with MyGov. They use scams such as fake tax refunds, threats of arrest (this happened to me!) loss of benefits or deportation, all while we are preparing our tax returns. They use convincing language to try and trick us. For me, luckily, I called my accountant straight away to ask, and she told me, “there are scammers on the loose, ignore their threats.”
For example, in 2018 alone, there were 114,000 reports and a whopping $2.8 million in reported losses. 21,000 people were also duped into sharing their personal information including their tax file number, and MyGov login details, all during tax time.
This tax time STOP! and think before sharing your valuable personal information– no matter how persuasive, the person or message may sound! Here are our 10 Tips to stay safe online this tax time.