01 Nov IDENTIFYING A TAX SCAM
Statistics show in 2018, Australians lost over $100 million to scammers. What if you’re suspicious someone is trying to scam you?
TAX-RELATED SCAMS TO WATCH OUT FOR
Accountants are customer-service focused. They survive and thrive on having a good reputation for professional service.
Therefore, your tax agent will NEVER:
- call you and speak aggressively or abusively.
- threaten you with an arrest warrant or police intervention.
- get on a “conference call” with you and the “ATO” and advise you to pay money you don’t owe.
- advise you to pay money to a third-party at a specified time and location.
- ask you to pay either themselves or the ATO by an unusual method such as gift cards or crypto currencies.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU THINK IT’S A SCAM
If you feel unsure that any written communication you’ve received is from your accountant, whether email or text message…. DO NOT REPLY. Contact your accountant as soon as possible.
If you have received a phone call claiming to be your accountant but you feel unsure you are talking to someone who is genuinely from your accountants’ office, tell them you need to verify the information and you will call back.
Most importantly, NEVER allow anyone to bully you into staying on the line. You have the power to hit the ‘end’ button, if someone gets aggressive or threatens you.
Contact your accountant to verify what was said. Only ever call back on an independently sourced number, such as through a Google search. Never call from caller ID or your call log and not on a number given to you by a suspicious caller.
Besides contacting your accountant, if it was a scam and you have the number called from, you can also report it on SCAMWATCH: https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/report-a-scam
At DJ Grigg Accounting our tax accountants are always friendly, professional and ready to assist you with all your accounting needs.
DID YOU KNOW
The ATO keeps a running list of major scams that are reported relating to their services or accounting services. Visit the related links below for information on more ways to identify and protect yourself from scammers, or for list of contact numbers if you have been the victim of identity theft, fraud, or a tax-related scam.