myGov / ATO Scams
Thomas Noble & Russell (TNR) and the ATO are wanting clients to be aware that the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has issued further warnings for taxpayers to stay safe during tax-time from the scammers impersonating trusted brands like myGov or the ATO which trick people into giving them money or personal details.
These scams can come through as emails, text messages and fake myGov login pages. Usually these scams will say that a taxpayer is entitled to a tax refund or that they need to pay a debt. They are also made to look very real through the sophisticated use of myGov and the ATO logos, information and even email addresses which makes it easy for anyone to fall victim.
These scam messages often include links that direct the receiver to fake websites or login pages to enter login details and fill out personal details to claim a “refund”. Scammers can then use this information to commit credit card or tax fraud and identity theft. These links also run the risk of downloading malware onto a computer.
The ACSC has issued the following tips for taxpayers to stay safe:
- Do not click on the links in emails or text messages claiming to be from myGov; myGov will never send a text, email or attachment with links or web addresses asking for login or personal details of taxpayer.
- Always login to the official myGov account to check your tax, lodge your return, and check if you owe a debt or are due a refund.
- Have a strong password on your myGov account and add a security code to your login process to provide an extra layer of protection.
- Check the status of your tax affairs at any time by calling the ATO on 13 28 61 or contacting your tax agent.
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