Chrissy Harris

Warning issued for telephone tax scam

NSW Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe has issued a warning about phoney callers claiming to offer tax refunds from NSW Fair Trading.

"Calls of this nature are completely bogus. Fair Trading never contacts consumers about tax returns. Tax matters are dealt with at a national level by the Australian Tax Office," Mr Stowe said.

"Scams involving the return of taxes, duties or other funds are fairly common and traditionally there has been an increase in frequency towards the end of the financial year.

"Callers often claim to help reunite customers with funds, asking for personal or banking details. Once they've gathered banking or personal details from victims, scammers can potentially hack into their bank accounts and siphon funds.

"Depending on the volume or type of information given, scammers could even steal the victim's identity.

"If you receive a call that sounds too good to be true or doesn't seem genuine, don't provide your personal details and hang up. Try calling the organisation back on their publicly listed number and see if the offer is genuine."

Anyone who suspects they have been contacted as part of a scam should contact NSW Fair Trading on 133220.



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