Scammers are constantly trying to separate you from your hard earned dollars.  Below is one of the better ones that crossed our desk today.  An email supposedly from the ATO which came with the official ATO letterhead and with an on-line form to fill out and send back to the using the Reply button.  The reply address looked like but was definitely not the ATO.

You need to know the following:

  • The ATO will never ask you for your private information over the internet or by phone.  They will write to you, or your tax agent.
  • Often the scammers ask for your details with a view to identity theft, eventually they will ask for bank details usually under the guise of giving you a refund.
  • Telltale signs include:
    • a non-Australian email address – in this case “.com”
    • reference to ‘AUD’ which is not usual when two Australian entities are dealing with each other,

If you receive an emailed request then:

ignore it, do not open any attachment or click on any link.

If you like, contact me on 03 9585 7555 and I will discuss your current tax balances with you to put your mind at rest.

From: “Australian Taxation Office” <>
Date: 12 October 2015 at 11:14:13 PM AEDT
To: John Brown
Subject: ATO Refund Notification (1N7823)Australian Taxation Office (ATO)


After the recent calculation of your fiscal activity, we have determined that you are eligible to receive a refund of $706.50 AUD.

To receive your refund, please follow next steps:

– Save the attached refund form on your desktop / laptop PC and open it in a web browser (e.g. Firefox, Chrome, Safari).
– Fill the form accurately and avoid delays in processing your refund.

Your refund will be processed within 28 days after you submit the form.

Sandra Peterson
Australian Taxation Office,
Tax Refund Department
Message ID: ATO72136

This mailbox is not monitored and you will not receive a response before to submit the form.
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