The ATO has expressed concern about the increasing number of people paying fake tax debt scammers.
Scammers pretending to be from the ATO are contacting members of the community, telling them that they have a tax debt and that if they don't pay it straight away they will be arrested.
These scammers will often request payment through unusual methods, such as cryptocurrency, pre-paid credit cards or gift cards, and will try to keep people on the line until they have paid.
If you receive a phone call, text message or voicemail like this, don't send payment or provide any personal information. Hang up and delete the message.
The ATO will never threaten you with immediate arrest or demand payment through unusual means.
If you're not sure if it's the ATO contacting you, phone them on 1800 008 540 to check.
It's also a good idea to know your tax affairs. You can:
log in to ATO online services through myGov to check your individual tax affairs
log in to the Business Portal to check your business tax affairs
contact your tax or BAS agent
Please also warn your friends and family to stay alert.
If you believe you may have been a victim of this scam or need further advice, contact our team at any time.