More scammers about at this time warning

DON’T get tricked into paying money or giving out your personal information, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has warned.

A spokesperson said scammers impersonating the ATO, may call or send you an SMS or an email telling you that you have a refund or a tax debt to pay.
It can be difficult to tell the difference between legitimate ATO interactions and those of scammers but there are some signs to help you verify that you’re not dealing with the ATO.
The ATO says it would never send unsolicited pre-recorded messages to your phone; ask you to provide your personal identifying information in order to receive a refund; send you an email or text message with a hyperlink directing you to a log on page to access myGov or myTax; and threaten you with immediate arrest over a debt, or insist you stay on the line until a debt is paid.
If you are ever unsure whether an ATO interaction is real, don’t reply. You can contact the ATO directly by calling 13 28 65 (individuals), 13 72 26 (business) or visit