14.5 C
Byron Shire
June 21, 2021

‘ATO’ scam wants every last dollar in your account

Latest News

Locals to fight back with a series about the REAL Byron Bay

News that Netflix was planning to film a vacuous docudrama in Byron Bay brought a collective snort of derision across the Shire.

Other News

Tender to build rail trail from M’bah to Crabbes Creek awarded

The debate over the tender for the building of the rail trail between Murwillumbh and Crabbes Creek was ultimately...

Pocket Herbs and Indigenous organisation, Currie Country partner to supply native foods

An important ingredient in creating a high-quality, unique dining experience in the Northern Rivers is the diversity and availability...

Massive multi-dwelling Paterson Street DA before Planning Panel

The Northern Regional Planning Panel (NRPP), an unelected consent authority that overrides Council decision making, will be considering a...

Interview with Daniel Champagne

Daniel Champagne, exudes a natural ease on stage as he sings poignant lyrics and beautifully crafted melodies that invariably stir the heart with grand romanticism. Daniel spoke to The Echo whilst travelling between Brisbane and Sydney – en route to a show in Auckland.

Failure after failure

Keith Duncan, Pimlico One policy failure after another; what does it take for ‘shifty’ Morrison to come clean, show leadership, and...

ABC maintaining independence?

Fast Buck$, Coorabell I’m a fan of the ABC so I’m a bit disappointed that the local ABC radio station has...

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is warning about a spike in automated scam calls impersonating the ATO and asking people to transfer all their money to another account.

This new batch of scammers are claiming they’ve suspended their target’s tax file number (TFN) following suspected fraudulent activity.

The ATO says since 1 January 2021, they have received 638 reports of this scam, with 7 victims paying out nearly $118,000.

Assistant Commissioner Trent Jakubowski said that while the number of people paying these scammers is low, the large amounts being lost per person is alarming. ‘We’re seeing that instead of scammers asking for a specific amount of money, they’re requesting victims transfer every last dollar in their bank account.’

‘What’s most malicious, is that in some cases, these scammers are stealing money under the guise of saving it from other fraudsters trying to access their account.’

Starting with a robo-call, the two common scripts have been:

• Your TFN has been suspended as scammers have your TFN details. You need to transfer all your money to us in order to protect it while we sort it out, and

• Your TFN has been used illegally and you need to move all the money in your bank account to a holding account pending the outcome of legal action.

 Young people between the ages of 18-24 have paid the most under this new tactic, with one person losing $36,000 just this week.

‘This is a reminder for everyone to keep their guard up when answering an unexpected call,’ said Mr Jakubowski. ‘While we more often hear stories of older Australians being targeted by scammers, these devastating losses show that anyone can be a target.’

The ATO does call taxpayers, but will never:

• send unsolicited pre-recorded phone messages

• use aggressive or rude behaviour, or threaten you with immediate arrest, jail or deportation

• suspend your TFN

• request direct transfers of money to a personal bank account

• project our number onto your caller ID

If you receive a call, email or SMS and aren’t sure, it’s OK to hang up or not respond. Instead, phone the ATO’s dedicated scam line 1800 008 540 to check if it was legitimate. You can also report a scam online at ato.gov.au/reportascam.

To see the latest alerts and for more information, visit: ato.gov.au/scams.


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Vaccine passports

David Warth, Byron Bay Vaccine passports, aka certificates, are now sitting in the wings waiting to be taken up by state governments. There was no bill...

Failure after failure

Keith Duncan, Pimlico One policy failure after another; what does it take for ‘shifty’ Morrison to come clean, show leadership, and finally accept responsibility? He had three...

New case of COVID-19 in Brisbane

Queensland has recorded one new case of COVID-19 in the community yesterday, with contact tracing underway after an international cabin crew member tested positive.

Mental health workshop for girls in Lennox

The mental health organisation Beautiful Minds is holding a one day workshop for pre-teen girls in Lennox Head on Sunday 27 June 2021.