Yellow telephone
Yellow telephone Roland Magnusson

BEWARE: ATO phone scam doing the rounds of the Northern Rivers

THERE seems to be a new version of an Australian Taxation Office phone scam doing the rounds of the Northern Rivers.

A Wollongbar resident rang The Northern Star today saying he had answered the phone to someone pretending to be a lawyer from the ATO.

The fake caller told the Wollongbar man he owed the tax office over $8000 and asked how he planned to pay it.

When the intended victim challenged the would-be scammer and asked whether that figure included GST the caller hung up.

Government agencies like the ATO never do cold calling of this sort.

If you think you have been the subject of a attempted scam you can report it to the ACCC’s Scamwatch by phoning on 1300 795 995 or filling in a form online at https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/report-a-scam



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