The ATO continue to push and remind the public to be alert to scammers after an increase in people receiving notifications from the ATO demanding iTunes gift cards as a form of tax debt payment. These of course, are false.
Janine Clarke, Assistant Commissioner said "In April 2016, of the 8,692 phone scam reports we received were in relation to the fake ATO tax debt scam; 58 reports mentioned the scammer demanding payment by iTunes and 26 people unfortunately payed $174,830 to fraudsters".
"In many cases, scammers request payments that are either non-existent or unexpected".
"What we're most concerned about is that vulnerable Australians who have little interaction with us are not only being led to believe this is a legitimate request for payment from the ATO but they are giving out personal information such as their tax file number."
Giving out this type of personal information to unauthorised and unknown persons also opens up further opportunity for identity theft and fraud.
Ms Clarke also said "We [the ATO] will never request the payment of a tax debt via gift or pre-paid cards such as iTunes and Visa cards. Not will we ask for direct credit to be paid to a personal bank account."
In addition to this the ATO representatives will identify themselves when calling you and provide details as to how you can contact them back. They also won't be aggressive, threaten police or legal action if you don't do something.
If you think you have been scammed, contact Morse Group on 6339 9200, or the ATO directly on 1800 008 540.
Information on legitimate ATO payment methods can be found here.
For more information about how to report a scam, visit: How to verify a scam