The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is warning Australians to delete text messages (SMS and emails) that encourage them to claim Centrelink payments or verify tax statements and status through the link provided. The link from this communication, pretending to be an official alert from ATO, leads to a fake myGov sign-in page designed to steal usernames and passwords.
According to the ATO website, scammers use many different phrases to try and trick people into opening these links. These include (but are not limited to):
Please remember that ATO will never send you an SMS or email with a link to log on to online services. Whenever you want to check your tax status, type ato.gov.au or my.gov.au into your browser and access platforms directly.
If you receive this type of email/SMS, report it immediately to ReportScams@ato.gov.au.
You should also be cautious with any out-of-the-blue contact, for example, fake social media accounts impersonating the ATO. In January 2023, there was an increase in counterfeit accounts asking users to send them a direct message so they could help with their inquiry. Those behind these accounts were trying to steal your personal information, including phone numbers, email addresses, and bank account information.
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