The ATO is warning Australians to be on the lookout for a malicious scam that intimidates taxpayers into paying a fake tax debt over the phone. The scam threatens taxpayers with legal action or arrest if they do not immediately hand over money and their personal financial details over the phone.

From time-to-time the ATO will send taxpayers emails, SMS messages or official social media updates alerting them to new services however the ATO will  never request personal or financial information by SMS or email.

If people think they may have fallen victim to a phone scam, contact the ATO on 1800 060 0621800 060 062 FREE (8.00am–6.00pm, Monday to Friday).

Should you have any queries in relation to the above please do not hesitate to contact our office on 07 3394 231107 3394 2311.