The Tax Office warns Australians about the scam that has targeted 7,000 people and reaped $ 200,000

Scammers call taxpayers and pose as tax officials, claiming that the person has a debt to pay

Members of the public have already reported 7000 incidents of a new elaborate scam.

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) warned that more than $ 200,000 has already been delivered to thieves, who threaten targets with outstanding bills.

Scammers call taxpayers and pose as tax officials, alleging that the person has a debt to pay.

Scammers call taxpayers and pose as tax officials, claiming that the person has a debt to pay

Scammers call taxpayers and pose as tax officials, claiming that the person has a debt to pay

They then request the telephone number of the victim's tax agent and create a three-way telephone conversation with a second impersonator, this time pretending to be an employee in the tax agent's office.

They then suggest that there is an order for the arrest of the victim and convince them to eliminate an alleged debt to cancel the order.

"A recent example made a taxpayer believe that the telephone conversation was legitimate and ended up withdrawing thousands of dollars in cash and depositing them in a Bitcoin ATM, for fear that the police had an arrest warrant," said deputy commissioner Kath. Anderson to Tweed. Daily News.

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) warned that more than $ 200,000 has already been delivered to thieves, who threaten targets with pending bills

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) warned that more than $ 200,000 has already been delivered to thieves, who threaten targets with pending bills

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) warned that more than $ 200,000 has already been delivered to thieves, who threaten targets with pending bills

The timeliness of the scam has only improved its effectiveness, as people often expect calls from the ATO during tax time.

"We are in the middle of tax time, and we have seen an increase in reports in recent months, and in September, we normally see that these high volumes continue, so we are warning the community to look for things that can not be seen. well or do not feel well, "said Ms. Anderson.

"During July and August, the ATO received more than 7,000 scam reports on our dedicated phone line, with about $ 190,000 paid to scammers and more than 1,600 people providing their personal or financial information."

He also said that the false tax debt remains the most successful scam in the market, while others continue to rise.

"It's very difficult to get your money back."

Consumers are told to stay alert and report any activity that does not seem entirely correct for the ATO Dedicated Scams line, 1800 008 540.

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