In media release No 2011/52, issued 27 October 2011, the Commissioner, Michael D'Ascenzo, reminded the community to be aware and alert to scams claiming to be from the ATO
"We are seeing an increase in the number, creativity and sophistication of scams being reported," Mr D'Ascenzo said.
The scams include:
- phone calls that play a legitimate-sounding recorded "training and monitoring" message at the start of the call
- phone calls from people posing as 'tax officers' that provide fraudulent ATO call-back details
- emails about "the recipient's tax refund, special deals and donations" that are made to appear to have come from the ATO and use "ATO or government" in the email address, and
- emails containing a dangerous virus, which when opened or downloaded will crash the recipient's computer
"We rely on the community to alert us to suspicious behaviour. Your report can help us investigate and have the illegal behaviour stopped. You can forward suspect email scams to ReportEmailFraud@ato.gov.au or call us during business hours on 1800 060 062 to discuss a suspected scam," Mr D'Ascenzo said.