anomynous (February 13, 2014) ...you are an idiot & you can not spell Yes it is legitimate, and the ATO was courteous - it is not a scam. Definitely call them back, as it was just sorting out a small matter. I called to ATO and they said it's not their number. Rabin is definitely an employee of the TPALS (Tax practitioner and lodgement strategy) area and this is a direct number to the lodgement area of ATO. We are NOT scammers on this number and we get our information from our secure ATO records on file. People make our jobs very difficult when they get on sites like this and try to discredit us. If you just called back like you were asked to, you would have found this out to be genuine. The number rang my Business and althou It sounded like ATO, I could not find that number anywhere on the ATO Website. I read comments below and again I'm not convinced it s ATO. 31.8.2016
I received phone message on behalf of my son to call 1300 661 508
I rang number but did not input any information
They asked me stuff to identify myself
Then I asked them to give me my sonsw TFN - which she was able to do
She said that he owed $10k that was due to 2014 2015 2016 years
I said thats impossible because he lives overseas
She said that this was auto generated BAS debt installments because he had earned money the year before 2013
I think that this number is really ATO because NO ONE would have been able to give me his TFN if they were not real
They knew my name, even though I am not in the phone book. Asked for my Tax File Number as identification, or ABN,and date of birth. I have seen on the Tv, that the TAX office said they rarely phone. There have been scams on Current Affair. I asked this lady to send me a letter.She had very good English, but with an accent. She said the tax office were doing a drive on overdue taxation lodgement. . When I asked her if it was a scam, she got agitated. and gave me the 1300 661 508 number, said I had 2 business days to call. Its sounds scam like to me, so will be ignoring.I am sure if they really want me they will find other ways to contact me. This is definitely the number for the ATO lodgements and Compliance area. The 1300 number is not available on the website as it would make it much easier for scammers if this number were readily available for them to use. Having said that, it seems that some scammers are now using this number when contacting people. If you are concerned, call the number back when you have been contacted and identify yourself using the voice activation identification, which is absolutely not availabe to scammers. Our Receptionist just took a call from a "Franis Castillo" from the "ATO" who was asking if this was "x" company. She confirmed. He said he needed to speak with someone who handles the finances as he was after our company Tax File Number. She declined to give out that information. He then asked for my name (I am the Finance Manager here) - she gave it to him. He then asked for my personal address - she said she was not at liberty to give out those details. He then asked for hers - that's when she asked him to call back. He gave her the number of 1300 661 508 and asked for me to call back, but that he wouldn't be personally answering the phone. Today they tried me too; a middle aged woman with what might have been an Indian accent left a voice mail asking me to contact the 1300 number and to have my TFN and ABN ready when I call. I googled the 1300 number first as I wanted confirmation it was the ATO and came to this site; I called ATO and they confirmed the 1300 number is not theirs; I then completed a scam report for this number with the ATO. I contacted my accountant who confirmed there are no outstanding issues with ATO and that I am the second of his clients today to be tried by this same scam. I rang the 1300 number without leaving my details and was impressed by the scale of the preparation these people have put into the scam. There are digital recordings and voice prompts for dialing numbers to select services very similar to those you hear when you call the ATO; with Australian accents. This one is elaborate. Got the same too. Not An ATO number. Beware...Do NOT GIVE ANY INFO. Hang up and ring proper official ATO number. ( although they do not need you at all) I just visited the ATO website https://www.ato.gov.au/About-ATO/About-us/Contact-us/Phone-us/ and called the number next to "Report a scam" 1800 008 540) to ask them if this number is legit.
Peter answered and after a coupole of minutes on hold, he confirmed that this is not one of their numbers and confirmed that I didn't provide them with any details.
So don't believe chat forums, check it out for yourself.
I got a call from the ato. Person calling did not ask for a tax file number, but for me to identify myself. First thoughts was,this a scam. Then I ask this person to email me, what was due. The scary part. What I knew was due to be paid. Match what was e mailed. Dont know for if this a scam.. Will be ringing ato, later today. Babu, that is the standard message that we leave. You don't need to provide us with the TFN, but the ABN assists us in bring up your details, also your ABN is a public identifying number, unlike a TFN. Call our switchboard on 13 28 69 if you have concerns that it is a scam. You will soon discover it is not & we are contacting you for a very good reason. Just had a call 11.46 am 17th Sept 2014 from a lady (Aussie Accent ) from a private number claiming to be from Tax office. Would not give me any details , Asked her to send me a letter , she said she can't needs to verify my id first. I hung up . She called back and left a voice mail asking me to call the tax office on 1300 661 508 with my TFN or ABN within 2 business days. ????? Anyone else know any more about this Had a call from a "Helen" to my office requesting Tax File Numbe4r and message was passed to me. When my PA rang back to check if it was me or my son they were asking about (AS WE HAVE THE SAME NAME AND WORK TOGETHER), THEY SAID THEY WOULDN'T PROVIDE ANY FURTHER DETAILS THEN WE FOUND SEVERAL COMPLAINTS OVER THIS NUMBER. iT IS VER STRANGE THAT tAX dEPT WOULD ASK FOR tfn OVER THE PHONE ISN;TIT? said he was from tax department????
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