Warning of current ATO phone scam
01 Sep 2015
PKF Mack have become aware of a current phone scam, with callers
claiming to be from the ATO.
The callers generally advise of a fake tax debt and then
attempt to intimidate the recipient of the call into
paying the debt with threats of court, jail or arrest.
The ATO have advised that they will never make a cold call
about a tax debt. If you have a debt, the ATO will send a
letter or an SMS with a reminder to pay in the first
If you receive a call from someone claiming to be from the
ATO and are unsure if the call is legitimate, ask for the caller's
name, hang up and then call the ATO on 13 28 69.
Scammers may also use SMS and emails. Examples of
types of scams are available at the ATO's website, along with details on how
to report a scam to the ATO.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate
to contact any of our Taxation team.