Get ready for tax time and be aware of scams
As we reach the end of financial year and Queenslanders turn their attention to tax returns, the QPS is urging the public to protect their information by being on the lookout for scammers.
Recently in Queensland, scammers claiming to be government representatives have left threatening voicemail messages, asking victims to call back urgently and demanding immediate payment for alleged tax offences.
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) may contact taxpayers by email, SMS message or through updates on official social media channels, but the ATO will never request personal or financial information via SMS or email.
If you receive a suspicious phone call or email from someone claiming to represent the ATO claiming you are entitled to, or owe, money, just hang up or press delete.
You can confirm whether it is legitimate by contacting the ATO on 1800 008 540, 8am–6pm Monday to Friday.
Recognising a scammer can be difficult, but tell-tale signs can include:
- the use of threatening language
- requests for immediate payment or to immediately provide personal or financial information
- offers that seem ‘too good to be true’
Not only can scams cost you money, but if scammers get your personal information you are at risk of identity crime.
The best defence against this type of criminal activity is to be wary of potential scams and to always stay in control of your personal information.
For more details on ATO scams or to report an ATO impersonation, visit the ATO website.
Further information on how to avoid becoming a victim and how to report these matters can be found at the myPolice R U in Control page here.
If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.
You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.