Complaints this year
Claim to be from the ATO with a refund of over $700 and to ring (02) 8282 5250 to leave personal details in order for the funds to be forwarded.
apparent phishing by phone.
Definitely a scam. Computer generated voice saying the ATO had a refund of over $1700 for me & to ring (02) 8282 5250 to confirm my details. Definitely suspicious - 1. haven't done tax return for this year, 2. I use a tax agent, & 3. I will actually probably owe them for last year's education refund overpayment.
I Rang the ATO, & they confirmed it's a scam - they had no record of contacting me, or a refund due. They took all the details I could give, and said it would be 'escalated' as she'd had 2 other similar complaints this week.
There is no way the ATO would contact you directly in this manner. Contact your accountant. Report it to the police and to the ATO complaints line.
Wanted details for ATO refund. BE CAREFUL!!! SCAM!!!
Big scam, the real ATO did'nt seem that interested when I contacted them this morning
I have also recieved a automated call saying ato owes me 783 it sounds to good to be true as I have not lodged a refund yet...???? sounds like a scam to me
Same pre-recorded woman's voice saying I had 'to confirm credit details' before money could be sent to my address - not only stupidly unbelievable, but left on my answering machine with that same number number!
Same recorded call, saying its about the cash assistance scheme from Centrelink. Didnt mention an amount. When I (stupidly) rang back, I heard lots of noises and wondered if they were tracing the call somehow, so I hung up quickly. They didnt answer the phone with a department name, so obviously using a few different ones.
I had message left (sounds computer generated voice) that Centrelink payment is available up to $10,000 for hardship. SCAM!!
I got the same message, ITS A SCAM!!!!!!!!! ATO, pls investigate!
Just left two messages on my voice mail. SCAM Going to ring the ATO to let them know.
I just got the same message and the same amount $783. I haven't done my tax either. Yep its a Scam
(02) 8282 5250 - only just picked up message left 4 days ago and its telling me I have a $783 tax refund - Not bloody likely when you have not done your tax return is it!!!
Total scam. I don't know why ASIC dOesnt get on this
Automated person left same message on my phone $783+ same phone number. Pretty stupid really, its nearly tax time, include in my next return! LOL
A lady by the name of Avril (gave her ID number as 7698) from the ATO Verification Department asked me to verify information that was on my Income Tax Assessment in order to get an additional refund amount of $783. She already had my name and address ... glad I did this scam-check before providing any details!
BIG BIG Scam!!
Also had a message left on the answering machine claiming to be from the Australian Taxation Office, with a refund requiring security verification at the above number. Very suspicious. Haven't heard anything from HoaxSlayer about this yet...
Called the taxation office and it is definately a scam, and they will be looking into it. They have the number now.