SMS Scam – tax refund notification

SMS scam – tax refund notification

The ATO has alerted taxpayers to another scam where messages are sent by SMS to people asking them to click on a link and provide personal identifying information to receive a refund. To make the messages seem more legitimate, scammers are using technology that causes them to appear in your genuine ATO message feed.

The text messages say something like “We’ve noticed you have a positive balance 320.70 AUD from last financial year. Please verify your information to provide the funds.” It then provides a link to a website. However, the website is a fake myGov website which asks users to provide their bank details, along with other personal identifying information, for “verification purposes”.

The ATO warns people not to click on any links and not to disclose the information requested.

https://www.ato.gov.au/General/Online-services/Identity-security/Scam-alerts/#January2020SMSscamtaxrefundnotification

Ref: TaxWise Business February 2020

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