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In media release No 2012/21, issued 26 June 2012, the Commissioner, Michael D'Ascenzo, reminded the community to stay alert and be aware of scams this Tax Time.

"The ATO tends to report higher incidences of scams at this time of the year," Mr D'Ascenzo said.

"With the end of financial year approaching and many people expecting refunds, scammers are using this opportunity to pretend to be from the ATO. It is important that the community stays vigilant as scammers are increasing their efforts to make scams appear more genuine and legitimate," Mr D'Ascenzo said.

So far this year the ATO has received over 5,000 reports from the community about phishing e-mails using the ATO brand, and over 3,000 reports of attempted phone scams.


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