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ATO warns of new tax scam

Be aware of emails, phone calls and text messages claiming to be from the ATO.

A lot of scams are circulating during tax season, specifically pointing out a new malicious text message. ATO said that they are receiving increasing reports of several myGov-related SMS and ATO email address. Australians are being duped by the text as the ATO does, in fact, send email and text notifications when there are new messages in your myGov inbox, but there is one major difference.


“These messages will never include a link to log on to your myGov account,” the ATO announced.


“Don’t click any links and don’t provide the information requested.”


Instead, you should always access the ATO’s online services directly via either the myGov website, the ATO website or the ATO app.


All online management of your personal tax affairs should be done in ATO online services, accessed through your genuine myGov account. Any communications containing your personal information, such as your tax file number (TFN), will be sent to your myGov inbox, not your email account.


You can make accessing your myGov account more secure by opting to receive a security code via SMS. It’s a quick and secure way to sign in to access ATO online services.

If you receive an SMS or email from the ATO that you think is fraudulent, report it to: reportemailfraud@ato.gov.au.

If you think you’ve received a fraudulent text or email from myGov, report it to: reportascam@servicesaustralia.gov.au.

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