Posts Tagged: ATO scam

How scammers tried to trick me out of $7,000 by pretending to be the ATO

In August 2019, just one week before National Scams Awareness Week, I received a call from a scammer, pretending to be from the ATO. I was threatened with arrest if I didn't pay $7,000 immediately. I knew it was a scam, and I kept the caller on the phone for 25 minutes so ...

ATO collecting debt over the phone – is it a scam?

The ATO uses a number of tools to collect outstanding debts, including by making phone calls. However, ATO staff are trained to be courteous to taxpayers, and the phone calls are generally only used to get an idea of when you expect to pay your debt. If you receive a call from someone who ...