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28 Aug 12 Scammers target job seekers

In media release No 2012/38, issued 27 August 2012, the ATO advises that, so far this year, it has received more than 10,000 reports on a wide range of scams including fake job advertisements, emails and bogus phone calls.

"One of the most alarming incidents is that scammers are using fake job advertisements to illegally access people's personal information," the Commissioner, Michael D'Ascenzo, said.

"Bogus job ads are being posted on recruitment websites by scammers where people are being asked to provide their tax file numbers (TFN) as a part of their job application."

In some cases, people have even been offered the advertised position and then asked to provide their TFN and bank account details prior to the start date of employment and after providing this personal information, the job offer has then been withdrawn.

ATO investigations have shown that the advertised positions never existed and those running the scams generally communicate by email or mobile phones.

 


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