TAX TIME SCAM ALERT
We are great fans of the Government Stay Smart Online service and recommend that everyone signs up to it. Even if you are smart enough to avoid online and phone scams, we all have elderly relatives and charmingly dumb friends who might get taken in.
We all hate paying tax, especially when the big corporations and rich pollies dodge tax on a daily basis. However, there is one thing worse, and that is losing money to online scammers who come out of the woodwork at this time of year.
Today we received a major alert from the Government Stay Smart Online service.
Tax time is a prime time for cybercriminals to get their hands on your money and personal details! Whether you’re a business owner, tax professional, or individual, there are some simple tips you can take to avoid tax time scams.
What followed were details and images of a very convincing scam currently doing the rounds.
See the full guide and register for alerts here: https://www.staysmartonline.gov.au/get-involved/see-it-action/cyber-safety-tax-time-2018
AND IT HAPPENED TO US
As well as emails, these nasty crims are on the phone. GadgetNET’s Publisher received a phone call yesterday picked up by our receptionist.
It was an automated recording reporting to be the Australian Taxation Office, stating there was a debt that needed to be paid immediately. But rather than calling the number provided, we called the number on the Caller ID which goes dead when it picks up.
After a bit of detective work (Google), the number (03) 9016 3418 is listed on Reverse Australia as a known ATO scam.
If we’d called the number provided, they would no doubt have requested we pay a fictitious debt over the phone with a credit card.
We love our readers, but we’re not about to test this theory out for you. No one likes paying our hard-earned to the ATO, but we definitely don’t want to pay more than we’re obligated to!
Have you received these phone call or email scams? Let us know in the comments below.
Rob Follis has been writing about tech on and off for over 40 years, is a designer, photographer, information omnivore, gadget-head, Hi-Fi afficionado, owner of far far too many things and sadly an unsuccessful app developer. A born & bred Londoner now happily living in Melbourne. Email Rob.
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