Scam alert: ATO warns of text fraud
The Australian Taxation Office has issued a warning about an SMS scam that asks people to update their personal details through a fake myGov link.
In an example scam text that the ATO shared, the message reads: “Last warning update your details”.
“The website instructs users to login to what looks like their myGov account,” the ATO said on its website. “It then asks them to update their bank and credit card details. Do not click on these links and do not disclose the information requested.”
The ATO said it will never send an email or text message asking to access online services via a link.
Australians are urged to manage their tax affairs in ATO online services through their genuine myGov account, which is accessible at my.gov.au.
If you or someone you know has paid or provided sensitive personal information to a scammer, or if you are unsure whether an ATO communication is genuine, call the ATO on 1800 008 540 to report or verify.