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 that I could learn their tricks.

In this video, I share the 6 key things that tipped me off to the scam.

How scammers tried to trick me out of $7,000 by pretending to be from the Australian Taxation Office

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I am a specialist tax disputes lawyer with over a decade of experience in dealing with the ATO.

I’ve helped many clients to deal with their real tax debt, including after the ATO has issued a garnishee notice or started debt recovery in the court. I have helped clients to avoid bankruptcy by reducing their tax debt and successfully negotiating payment plans with the ATO.

I work with clients all over Australia. I can do this because the tax issues I deal with are Federal – the tax law is the same no matter where in Australia you live.

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