Taxation Office Scam Phone Calls

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Does the taxation department call you?

Phone calls from us do not show a number on caller ID. We will never send unsolicited pre-recorded messages to your phone. If you receive a phone call like this, hang up and do not provide the information requested. If you're unsure whether an ATO contact is genuine, phone us on 1800 008 540 to check. via

Is there a tax office scam going around?

HMRC is aware of an automated phone call scam which will tell you HMRC is filing a lawsuit against you, and to press 1 to speak to a caseworker to make a payment. We can confirm this is a scam and you should end the call immediately. This scam has been widely reported and often targets elderly and vulnerable people. via

Does the Australian Taxation Office call you?

Calls from the ATO do not show a number. They will show as No Caller ID. via

Where can I report a scam phone call?

Report telephone scams online to the Federal Trade Commission. You can also call 1-877-382-4357 (TTY: 1-866-653-4261). The FTC is the primary government agency that collects scam complaints. Report all robocalls and unwanted telemarketing calls to the Do Not Call Registry. via

Do tax file numbers get suspended?

The ATO does not suspend TFNs and will never request you pay a fine or transfer money in order to protect your TFN pending legal action. “Phone calls from the ATO do not project a number on caller ID and we will never send unsolicited pre-recorded messages to your phone.” via

Can a tax file number be Cancelled?

We won't cancel your TFN. If we suspect misuse of your TFN, our team will direct you to speak with our Client Identity Support Centre to keep your account secure and make sure only you can access your account. via

How do I know if HMRC are investigating me?

How do I know if HMRC is investigating me? Every tax investigation starts with a brown envelope marked 'HMRC' falling through your letterbox. The letter will tell you whether the investigation is into a particular aspect of your tax return, or a more comprehensive investigation into your wider tax affairs. via

How do I know if am due a tax refund?

How do I know if I am owed a tax rebate or refund? If you are due a tax rebate HMRC will let you know by sending you a letter called a P800 or a simple assessment letter. P800 letters can also tell you that you haven't paid enough tax, so don't get too excited when one comes through your letter box. via

What happens if you press 1 on a scam call?

A prerecorded message tells you to press “1” or some other key to be taken off a call list. The message offers you goods or services for free or at a suspiciously deep discount. The message says you owe back taxes or unpaid bills and face legal or financial consequences if you don't pay immediately. via

Does the ATO have a 1300 number?

ATO phone numbers for individuals are 1300 650 286 and 13 72 86. via

What is the Australian Tax Office phone number?

Australian Taxation Office via

Can you tell if a number is spoofed?

If you get calls from people saying your number is showing up on their caller ID, it's likely that your number has been spoofed. You can also place a message on your voicemail letting callers know that your number is being spoofed. Usually, scammers switch numbers frequently. via

How do you outsmart a romance scammer?

  • Be cautious about sharing personal information.
  • Check their images.
  • Scan their profile for loopholes.
  • Look out for inconsistencies in their communication.
  • Take things slow.
  • Don't share financial details/passwords.
  • Talk to someone you trust.
  • Don't send money.
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    What if I said yes to a phone scammer?

    Here is how it works: You receive a call from someone who wants you to say “yes” by asking questions like, “is this___?” Or, “can you hear me?”. If you respond with a “yes”, the scammer creates a recorded voiceprint of the response and then uses this recording to pose as you for carrying out their schemes. via

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