Please be aware of a phone scam that is again circulating where fraudsters are claiming to be from the ATO and advising clients to respond or they will be contacted by ATO lawyers.
Assistant Commissioner Thomas Ryan said that the ATO makes thousands of outbound calls to taxpayers a week, but would never contact taxpayers about a debt in this threatening manner and urges people to protect their personal details.
“We take your privacy seriously. We urge you to be alert to these types of scams and never send money or give your financial details to someone you don’t know and trust,” Mr Ryan said.
If you receive a call from the ATO and are concerned about providing your personal information over the phone, you should ask for the caller’s name and phone them back through the ATO’s switchboard on 13 28 69 or contact McMahon Osborne Group on (03) 9744 7144. If you think you may have fallen victim to a phone scam, contact the ATO on 13 28 61 (8.00am–6.00pm, Monday to Friday).
Director- McMahon Osborne Group