In a recent twist in the ‘fake tax debt’ scam, the ATO have received increasing reports of a new scam method where scammers impersonate registered agents to lend legitimacy to their phone call.
The fraudsters do this by:
- coercing the victim into revealing their agent’s name
- initiating a three-way phone conversation between the scammer, the victim, and another scammer impersonating the victim’s registered agent or someone from the agent’s practice.
You should know that the ATO will never:
– demand immediate payments
– threaten them with arrest
– request payment by unusual means such as iTunes vouchers, store gift cards or Bitcoin cryptocurrency.