During the busy tax season, scammers will try to catch you off guard using phone calls, letters, text messages, emails, bogus websites and even false job advertisements to trick you into providing your personal details, banking information and pay money.

The ATO are aware of a current telephone scam operating where a person claiming to be from the ATO or “Taxation Department” calls offering you a grant of $7000 if you pay $200.

These scammers try to appear more legitimate by providing you with a case number and a telephone number to call back on. Anyone who receives these types of calls or messages should treat it with caution and not provide any personal details, banking information or money.

Did you that the ATO will never ask you to pay money to receive your refund.

If you think you have been the victim of a scam, contact the ATO client contact centre immediately by phoning 13 28 61 (8.00am to 6.00pm, Monday to Friday).

You can also report suspected email scams to the ATO by forwarding the email to ReportEmailFraud@ato.gov.au.

For more information on correct reporting to the ATO and Tax Returns contact the team at South East Access