October 2018 Newsletter
Scammers are becoming more sophisticated
As a business owner or worker, it is important to know that scammers are becoming more sophisticated with the way they are attempting to take money from everyday hard workers.
It is said that scammers have invested in technology that enables them to access the ATO switchboard and make their calls seem as though they are coming from a legitimate source. The unfortunate advancement regarding this technology is that it also works for call backs, voicemails and direct calls.
Did you know that:
• 1,6000 tax payers handed over their details to scammers in just July and August
• Approximately $190,000 was skimmed from their accounts
It is very difficult for Australians and businesses alike to avoid this type of scam as most of the accounts, numbers, callers and scamming applications are offshore. It is vital for you to be checking with your accountant if anything like this arises.
Source - Read the full article at The Sydney Morning Herald: https://www.smh.com.au/business/small-business/ato-switchboard-numbers-spoofed-as-scammers-get-more-sophisticated-20181011-p508zr.html