ATO warns of spike
The Australian Taxation Office is warning taxpayers to protect their personal and financial details following a spike in reports of tax-related email scams.
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Since June, reports of phishing scams have quadrupled to 15,441 compared with just 3,586 during the same period last year.
Tax Commissioner Chris Jordan said that while the public is reporting scam emails to ATO in increasing numbers, scammers are also becoming more sophisticated in the way they trick taxpayers into handing over their personal details.
“We advise people to be vigilant of emails that mimic the ATO’s online publications. Think very carefully before clicking on links and attachments in emails or on social networking sites,'' he said.
“The ATO will never send taxpayers an email asking them to confirm, update or disclose confidential information including your name, date of birth, home address, passwords or credit card details.”
Suspected scam emails can be forwarded to ReportEmailFraud@ato.gov.au.
If you think you may have been the victim of a scam, or that your identity has been stolen, contact the ATO on 1800 060 062 (8.00am–6.00pm, Monday to Friday).
For more information on how to report and protect yourself from scams visit ato.gov.au/onlinesecurity.
Edition 382, 8 October 2013