‘Your account has been flagged’: the chilling audio of an advanced ATO scam pulling hardworking Aussies out of thousands of dollars is revealed
- The ATO has warned of many advanced scams taking place during tax time
- Robo calls targeting cash from insecure Australians have been released
- ACMA’s Fiona Cameron said the public should be wary of strange activities with their business
- If you are not sure who is contacting you, replace the handset
The ATO has released a nerve-racking recording of an advanced tax scam targeting vulnerable Australians.
The chilling audio features a computer-generated voice aimed at insecure Aussies so scammers can hunt for their hard-earned cash.
“Your account has been marked as overdue due to tax avoidance,” says the robo call recording.
‘As our letters sent to your registered address also returned unsigned and undelivered, resulting in a petition to be filed against your name, including an arrest warrant.
Fiona Cameron, a member of the Australian Communications and Media Authority, issued a public warning to be wary of questionable activities in their private affairs.
The ATO has warned the Australian public about several sophisticated tax-time scams (stock image)
“It’s tax time, and unfortunately there are scammers,” she said Today. “This scam is pretty shameful.”
Ms. Cameron said that as many as 100 people could fall victim to the heartless fraudsters.
“Your savings can disappear or your identity can be stolen,” she said.
“And once your identity is stolen, the scammer can go ahead and swindle someone else in your name, which is a terrible cycle of abuse.”
Scams are large-scale operations, in which detectives are forced to use complex software to find out where the calls are coming from.
Ms. Cameron said Australians are more vulnerable to fraudulent activity because they are at home and connected during the coronavirus pandemic.
Australian Communications and Media Authority Member Fiona Cameron (pictured) said the public should beware of strange activities with their business
She said scammers often release these types of threats during tax time, as fraudsters try to scam people based on their needs.
“Often times they put pressure on you about the ATO-type scam,” Ms. Cameron said.
THE ATO WILL NEVER:
– Send you an email or text message asking you to send us your details by email or text message.
– Send you an email or text message with a link to sign up for online services.
– Send a pre-recorded message telling you that the police are coming to arrest you or demanding an urgent payment of money.
– Request payment by bank transfer to:
A bank that is not the Reserve Bank of Australia
Overseas money transfers;
iTunes or Google Play cards;
Transfers without a card;
Cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin.
“They say they’re going to arrest you and say they’re going to go to federal court if you don’t pay and that independent interest will increase.”
Ms. Cameron said that Australians should be careful with their online data.
If you’re not sure, hang up. These people are out to find out your money or your identity, ”she said.
Australians were defrauded in May of this year for over $ 11 million thanks to a scourge of fake money making.
Online phishing scams received the most reports in May, with households losing $ 185,000 together, up 190 percent from April.
A spokesman for the Australian tax authorities said the agency is concerned about the growing number of people paying fake scammers for the tax debt.
“Scammers pretending to be from the ATO are contacting members of the community telling them they have a tax debt and that they will be arrested if they don’t pay it right away,” they said.
“These scammers will often request payment through unusual methods, such as cryptocurrency, prepaid credit cards, or gift cards, and will try to keep people on the line until they pay.”
They urged anyone who received a phone call, text message, or voicemail requesting money not to send payment or provide personal information.
“We will never threaten you with immediate arrest or demand payment in an unusual manner.”