• Phil
    January 15, 2021
    Scam call
    Australia
    Caller: Caller said they were from the ATO

    I received a call from a 'no caller ID' number and was told by the caller that she was was from the ATO and needed to speak with me about my taxation compliance.
    She told me that first I needed to give her some personal details to confirm my identity and also provide my tax file number etc. and that 'for my information - this conversation is being recorded'.
    The caller was very difficult to understand due to her strong accent which I thought odd due to the nature of her role performing front line phone service.
    I told her that since she was calling from a 'no caller ID' number that first she needed to verify her identity for me.
    She then gave me the number 1300 661 508.
    I called this number and it is an ATO number which made the call seem legitimate however I think it is all part of the scam as the number is publicly available. This is the point that most people who have received this call are missing - they are believing the call to be legitimate because the number they are given for verification is legitimate. First check the number that the call was made from. If it is from a 'no caller ID' number then suspect its a scam.
    I expect to receive a further call from from the 'no caller ID' number as by now she will know that I will have verified the 1300 661 508 number as genuine.
  • Anonymous
    December 14, 2020
    Unknown
    Australia
    SH
    Perhaps you may want to contact your Tax Agent. I had same situation, however they called me direct after tax Agent did not respond to messages nor letter. The 1300 661 508 is the ATO and it is verifiable on the ATO website. That is how I confirmed it and called them back direct rather than give my details over the phone.
  • SH
    December 10, 2020
    Scam call
    Australia
    Caller: Said it was the ATO - left message asking for a call back and to provide my ABN and Tax File No

    GIven I have a Tax Agent who is the only entity the ATO has any contact with for my business, it would be them receiving communication, which is always initiated in writing. This is a basic scam that's been around for ages. I just put them on hold and after a while, they stop wasting their time. Got them on hold for 8 minutes today!That'll slow down their call rate a bit.
  • Anonymous
    November 27, 2020
    Unknown
    Australia
    Unknown number called me said from ATO, and and to identify the identity.

    He said if I do not trust him just call this number to confirm. I called the ATO directly and confirm ATO do not call me. So this is a scammer.
  • C
    November 16, 2020
    Other
    Australia
    Caller: Suspected ATO

    supposedly ATO, but i rang ATO and they said yea its their number. but it was odd they left no reference number or specify who they were trying to reach.
  • Anonymous
    November 13, 2020
    Unknown
    Australia
    I find it amazing how many people have claimed this is a scam number, however have not bothered checking.
    Have a look on the ATO website under the "Contact Us" area. 1300 661 508 is right there - Lodgement Support
  • Anonymous
    February 19, 2020
    Unknown
    Australia
    It is the ATO - im a registered tax agent
  • Nancy
    February 12, 2020
    Other
    Australia
    Caller: ATO

    I am a tax agent, although I can't be certain whether I really got the call from 1300 661 508 itself (it shows no number), the call itself is legit. The mentioned client in the phone call did have outstanding lodgement obligation. Also they won't ask for your information, just to remind you that you have outstanding lodgement.

    If you don't have tax agent and in doubt, better check mygov as I noticed that a lot more previous tax returns become outstanding (for a lot of my clients) since ATO move the system to mygov. However those "outstanding" tax returns are just no return necessary in the past.
  • Some guy
    January 22, 2020
    Unknown
    Australia
    It is the ATO but the ATO is acting in a very scammy scummy behaviour.
    Expecting to just "believe" someone is who say they are "from the governtment,bank,police" etc in 2020 is insane.
    Using the same tactics as scammers how do ATO employees expect people to receive these calls.
    Anybody that rings a government agency on a non official callback number is an idiot, you could be literally talking to anyone in the world.

    ATO employees should know better.
    Call official listed numbers only people.
  • Kate
    January 22, 2020
    Unknown
    Australia
    Caller: ATO

    1300 661 508 is the real ATO. I didn't trust a recorded call from ATO (and never will) so I called ATO directly on 1800 008 540 with the reference number left in the message. Surprisingly, it was legit. The name of the person they had left the message for was an old employee who was still listed as a contact for my business on ABR. ATO updated that while I was on the phone. The call was about a late payment of the monthly PAYG for Dec 2019.
  • Anonymous
    January 15, 2020
    Unknown
    Australia
    My husband got a call from a guy who claimed he was from ATO and asked my husband to call back with his tax file number and past 5 year tax return information, sounds odd
  • Tax Agent
    December 2, 2019
    Other
    Australia
    Caller: Australian Taxation Office (ATO)

    This is an ATO phone number. I was just talking to the ATO (I'm a tax agent) and it was confirmed this is one of their numbers. If in doubt you can always ring the ATO on a phone number you have verified yourself, the ATO don't mind you doing this.
  • Anonymous
    November 27, 2019
    Unknown
    Australia
    Received a call from a very unprofessional scammer like guy on a private number saying they’re the ATO and I haven’t lodged my tax for this year with them, he asked for my details including address to continue the call and I said I won’t be doing that. He then said ‘I’ll give you a clue, you’re in unit 4’..I found that very odd to be said by an ATO member so I then called him a dumbass etc he reacted like most scammers do defensive and arrogant..he then said I’ll receive a text message and hung up.
    I then did receive a text from the REAL ATO quoting this number telling me to get in contact with them about overdues..very confused I called them.
    This number IS THE REAL ATO, they confirmed it was them calling on a private number. They needed me to fill something out, unsure why the bloke was so odd and why he said I didn’t lodge..ATO need to sort their sh*t out I think.
  • Anonymous
    November 25, 2019
    Unknown
    Australia
    Caller: it is actually the ato

    1300 661 508 is actually the ato they are the lodgement department
  • Anonymous
    November 25, 2019
    Other
    Australia
    Caller: Australian Taxation Office

    I got a voicemail message with this 1300 number and a reference number. I know there are some ATO scams out there, so I google searched before calling back. Indeed it was legit. When I called up the number, I got an automated robot lady, and I keyed in my Tax File Number, then I got put straight through (within like 3 seconds) to a guy who said "Hello" and my name. Like others have said, scammers wouldn't have access to this info. Anyway they were just calling me to remind me that my BAS was overdue, which indeed it was.
  • Anonymous
    November 14, 2019
    Unknown
    Australia
    Caller: ATO

    This is definietly the Australian Taxation Office. Woman called and was fumbling with her words. She started to ask me questions to seek my personal details for verification. I asked her to verify herself. She gave me contact numbers and a reference number and her full name. I checked the ATO website and rang different numbers on their website. I gave them the confirmation number they gave me and yes the ATO confirmed they had called me.
  • Anonymous
    November 11, 2019
    Unknown
    Australia
    Dont' think I trust this number!
  • Kim
    July 30, 2019
    Unknown
    Australia
    Caller: Reckons there the ATO

    Phoned back reckoned they were the ATO if it was I hope it was recorded as the women on the other end was so rude when asked questions.
  • Anonymous
    April 23, 2019
    Unknown
    Australia
    Andrew Carlton
    If you are so sure the 1300 661 508 number is a scam, perhaps you should do what was recommended to AR on March 21, 2019. You are incorrect. It is a valid number.
  • Anonymous
    April 16, 2019
    Unknown
    Australia
    no its not mentioned any where on ATO's website . get off you piece of sh*t scammer

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