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WSFM Listener Records This Latest Phone Scam

By Sean Frazer

The ATO has received more than 37,000 reports of scam attempts in November alone with one elderly person losing more than $236,000 between June and November this year.

The scammer pretends they're from the Australian Tax Office and claims the recipient of the phone call has an outstanding tax debt, before threatening they'll be arrested if they don't pay an amount immediately.

Assistant Commissioner Kath Anderson said while the ATO regularly contacts taxpayers by phone, email and SMS, there are some tell-tale signs that it isn’t the ATO.

The Australian Tax Office will NOT:

• Use aggressive or rude behaviour, or threaten you with arrest, jail or deportation

• Request payment of a debt via iTunes, pre-paid visa cards, cryptocurrency or direct credit to a bank account with a BSB that isn’t either 092-009 or 093-003

• Request a fee in order to release a refund owed to you

• Send you an email or SMS asking you to click on a link to provide login, personal or financial information, or to download a file or open an attachment.

Commissioner Anderson continued:

"If you suspect that you have been contacted by a scammer, you should contact our call centre. It's OK to hang up and phone us on 1800 008 540 to check if the call was legitimate or to report a scam"

WSFM listener Madeleine received an automated call last night that you can hear above.

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