Australians have been warned to be on high alert for a devious scam text message as tax time approaches.
The scam message, which impersonates the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), states: ‘You have an important message from the ATO. Please visit https://myatorefunds.life/ret/secure to view..’
The text includes a hyperlink from what appears to be a link for an ‘ATO refunds’ site, but it is actually a fake website run by scammers.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s Scamwatch is warning Aussies to be vigilant.
‘The ATO will never send you a link to log in to online services by text messages,’ Scamwatch said.
Aussies are warned to be on alert for a tax time ATO scam where a scammer poses as the governing body and tries to get the person to open a fake ATO link which is then used to steal personal information (pictured)
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s Scamwatch said the ATO will never send links to login via text message and urged anyone who receives such a link to not reply to it (stock image)
Last year the ATO warned of similar scams which often claimed you were owed a refund and would urge you to click a link to complete a form to release the payment.
If the person filled out the form, the personal information entered including credit card details would be stolen.
Scammers have faked ATO communications for several years now as they try to trick the public.
Among the scam methods are: dodgy tax refund SMS messages, fake tax lodgment emails, phone and email scams related to superannuation, and bullying calls threatening legal action if a tax debt is not paid immediately.
The ATO urges anyone who believes they have received a fake ATO phone call, SMS, voicemail or email to not reply to it.
‘If you’re ever unsure whether it’s really the ATO, don’t reply. Phone us on 1800 008 540 to check,’ the ATO said.