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Scammers favourite time of year - Tax Time

Scammers favourite time of year - Tax Time
Cassandra Ball | 14-07-16

Once again scammers are sending out their typical tax-time, phone and email scams — as they do every year — but this year they are more deceptive than ever. 

The ATO has again issued a warning, "If you receive an email from us from do not open it!" Please read the warning – it may save you money.

The level of sophistication at which cyber criminals now operate is increasingly complex and extremely savvy, and there is no doubt that ATO scams will peak this time of year. Already thousands of Australians have fallen victim to  ATO scams and have lost hundreds of thousands of dollars. To reduce the chances of losing money or having sensitive information compromised, Norton is warning consumers and small businesses to be on guard this tax season.

Five tips to stay safe during tax season

When preparing to file your taxes this year and every year hereafter, here are some tips to keep in mind when receiving unsolicited communications.

  • Be aware that the ATO does not initiate taxpayer communications through email—ever
  • One of the biggest indications that an email is fake is when it addresses you as “sir”, “madam”, or “taxpayer”
  • Do not click on any links or open any attachments claiming to be from the ATO, “Australian Tax Office”, or your tax preparation company
  • Report any emails claiming to be from the ATO by forwarding the entire email to
  • Never respond to unsolicited emails requesting scanned copies of personal documents

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