ATO scam threatens Australians with arrest if they do not hand over money

Australians are wiped out of thousands of dollars by a new telephone scam that threatens to arrest them for unpaid taxes

  • Recorded & # 39; last reminder & # 39; claim to be from the Australian tax authorities
  • Claims that they & # 39; tax violation & # 39; have to resolve with ATO officer, they will be arrested
  • More than $ 1 million was picked from various ATO scams in just three months
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Australians are scammed for thousands of dollars by a new telephone scam that threatens to arrest them for unpaid taxes.

The recorded message claiming to have come from the Australian tax authorities warns the victim that his & # 39; violation & # 39; was canceled by an & # 39; informant program & # 39 ;.

& # 39; This is a final reminder call from the Australian Taxation Office & # 39 ;, starts the message recorded by Daily Mail Australia.

& # 39; Dear citizen, there is a report on income tax violation under your name through our ATO informant program.

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& # 39; This is the last reminder to contact the ATO officer to resolve the tax debt and prevent additional fines and subsequent arrests. & # 39;

The victim is asked to press 1 on their telephone to immediately contact an ATO officer to resolve the situation.

An operator whose first language is not English then picks up and claims that the victim and his family will be examined by the ATO.

They demand thousands of dollars on the spot to distribute and eliminate the false tax debt if it was clear that the victim did not believe them.

Australians are being scammed for thousands of dollars by a new telephone scam that threatens to arrest them for unpaid taxes (stock image)

Australians are being scammed for thousands of dollars by a new telephone scam that threatens to arrest them for unpaid taxes (stock image)

The total combined losses reported to Scamwatch and other government agencies exceeded $ 489 million, which is $ 149 million more than in 2017

The total combined losses reported to Scamwatch and other government agencies exceeded $ 489 million, which is $ 149 million more than in 2017

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The total combined losses reported to Scamwatch and other government agencies exceeded $ 489 million – $ 149 million more than in 2017

Previous ATO scams have prompted countless people to transfer more than $ 1 million in just three months in November to late January, Scamwatch revealed.

An ACCC report found scam activity in Australia increased by 94 percent in the past five years.

In November, the reported ATO scam rose by more than 900 percent.

& # 39; The ATO does not project our numbers with the help of number recognition. You can be sure that if a number is displayed in your caller ID, this is not the ATO, & tax adviser Kath Anderson told Daily Mail Australia.

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& # 39; If a taxpayer is unsure whether a call actually comes from the ATO, hang up and call the ATO special scam rule at 1800 008 54O. & # 39;

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