Knowing too well that the Australian citizens will be due to renew their taxes to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) on Nov. 21st, scammers have resumed activities so as to deprive vulnerable citizens of their hard earned money by deploying new tactics.
The nation’s tax authority has taken it upon themselves to notify it’s citizens of the latest tactics used by those scammers, hence, advising them to be at alert when they (scammers) approach. Reports coming in from the tax authority states that the reported case of Bitcoin ATM scams has surpassed that of iTunes vouchers card scam.
The assistant commissioner to the nation’s taxation office, Kath Anderson, dropped a speech that is meant to keep the citizens abreast of the recent happenings in town:
November is a prime time for scammers as they know lots of people have tax bills to pay. Be wary if someone contacts you demanding payment of a tax debt you didn’t know you owed, a tax collector will never ask you to make a payment into an ATM or via gift or prepaid cards such as iTunes and Visa cards, or direct credit to be paid to a personal bank account. If uncertain about the legitimacy of the call, i suggest you hang up and call us.
Of course, she never forgot to give instances when the scammers successfully made away with $1 million Australian dollars at the beginning of July, parading themselves as workers in the Tax Authority office. Ever since then, there have been over 28,000 reports of scam attempts using same technique.
Finally she took out time to inform their citizens not to share any confidential information about themselves to strangers they just met online because they are likely to use such informations against them.