With the start of the new year, some scammers are just getting started.
Stay vigilant and warn your friends, family and clients so they don’t get tricked into paying a fake tax debt or any other debt over the phone. Be suspicious if someone contacts you demanding payment. Remember, the Australian Taxation Office would never request the payment of a tax debt via prepaid gift cards, use aggressive behaviour, or threaten you with immediate arrest or deportation. These are typical scammer tactics! If you receive a suspicious call, hang up immediately then phone the ATO scam hotline on 1800008540.