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The Australian Taxation Office has warned about a new tax lodgement scam this month.
The ATO said it is seeing an increase in email phishing scams claiming to be from the ATO.
These scams tell people their “2022 tax lodgment” has been received. The email asks them to open an attachment to sign a document and complete their “to do list details”.
Opening the attachment takes you to a fake Microsoft login page designed to steal your login details. Entering your password could give the scammer access to your Microsoft account, allowing them to reset your passwords for other accounts like banking and online shopping.
The ATO said if you get an email like this, don't click on any links or open any attachments. Forward the email to [email protected], and then delete it.
The real ATO will never send you an email or SMS with a link to log in to its online services.
And while we may use email or SMS to ask you to contact us, we will never send an unsolicited message asking you to return personal identifying information through these channels.
Remember to protect your passwords and update them regularly.
In April, the ATO warned of scams involving fake tax file number (TFN) applications.
These scams tell people they can help them get a TFN for a fee. But instead of delivering this service, these fraudulent websites steal the person’s money and personal information.
These scams are often advertised on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Applying for a TFN is free. Find out how you can apply for a TFN.
If you’re applying for a TFN through a tax agent, always check they are registered with the Tax Practitioners Board.
The same goes for Australian business number (ABN) applications – never give out your personal information unless you’re sure of whom you’re dealing with.