ATO warns: Fraudsters running tax scam

THE ATO is again warning the public to be aware of an aggressive phone scam circulating where fraudsters are intimidating people into paying a fake tax debt over the phone by threatening jail or arrest.

Second Commissioner Geoff Leeper said the ATO was very concerned about taxpayer privacy and was reminding people of the key differences between a scam of this nature and a genuine call from the ATO.

"We make thousands of outbound calls to taxpayers a week, but there are some key differences to a legitimate call from the ATO and a call from a potential scammer," Mr Leeper said.

"We would never cold call you about a debt; we would never threaten jail or arrest, and our staff certainly wouldn't behave in an aggressive manner. If you're not sure, hang up and call us back on 13 28 69."

Mr Leeper also said scammers pretending to be from the ATO were generally more common during tax time.

If you think you have fallen victim to a phone scam, contact the ATO on 13 28 69.


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