They also won’t:

  • Ask for payment via things like gift cards or other prepaid cards
  • Ask for money before they give you your tax refund; or
  • Stay on the phone while you go make a payment at a store, the post office or bank

If you’re ever in doubt about the legitimacy of a call, hang up immediately 0 you won’t get in trouble – and contact the real ATO on 1800 008 540 to ask. You can keep up-to-date about the latest ATO scams here.

Have you been scammed?

If you’ve already been scammed by an ATO impersonator or another type scam report it and follow this advice to reduce any damage caused and protect you in the future. If you sent money via bank transfer or credit card payment, advise your bank to cancel it ASAP. If it was a while ago see a free Financial Counsellor about whether there might be ways to get some of that money back by calling us on 08 9250 2123 to make an appointment.

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