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Tax bonus payment scams

Postby Ricklanga » Tue Mar 31, 2009 7:49 pm

Received this in my email today and have confirmed it on ATO website. People should be aware.

A scam is underway to steal the Federal Government bonus payments from people throughout Australia.
People are receiving phone calls claiming to be from the Australian Taxation Office, asking them to confirm their details for the next round of bonus payments.
Alastair Double, who lives on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, recently received such a phone call and says that while he did not fall for the hoax, it is a very elaborate plan.
"They'd get enough information from you, date of birth, your address, your PO box number and your tax file number and, if possible, a bank account number," he said.
"What they would then do is call back the taxation office with enough information to identify you and change the details of the mailout of the cheque and basically pocket your bonus cheque."
A fake 1800 phone number is provided for people if they have any questions.
Over 10 million Australians are expected to receive payments of up to $950 from the Government's $42 billion stimulus package.
Families began receiving their bonus payments last week, while workers will receive tax bonuses in April.
Melanie Spong from Queensland's Office of Fair Trading says people should be wary of the scammers.
"The tax office will not be contacting anyone to confirm details," she said.
"If you get this sort of phone call ... the idea is to hang up, don't release any of your details over the phone.
"The Australian Tax Office has a website that provides consumers with all of the information that you need in terms of the Government payout."
Ms Spong says the scammers are taking advantage of the fact that so many people need the money quickly.
"They know that in these times of economic strife consumers are very keen to get this money," she said.
"So they know that it's quite likely if they contact someone saying that they need to confirm details before they can post out the cheque, people won't think twice about that."


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Re: Tax bonus payment scams

Postby GypsyLady » Tue Mar 31, 2009 8:47 pm

There is always someone out there wanting to rip off everyday people.... Mind you there is still no guarantee that we are evrn going to get the $900.
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Re: Tax bonus payment scams

Postby cokebottle » Tue Mar 31, 2009 9:14 pm

gypsylady wrote:There is always someone out there wanting to rip off everyday people.... Mind you there is still no guarantee that we are evrn going to get the $900.


It is supposed to rollout as of tommorrow..... hmmm April fools day, maybe big Kev has a sense of humour & it is a big April Fools day joke? :***

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Re: Tax bonus payment scams

Postby GypsyLady » Tue Mar 31, 2009 9:33 pm

No, some guy has taken it to the courts and there is no guarantee that any of us will get it...especially if he wins.


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Re: Tax bonus payment scams

Postby Pauly » Tue Mar 31, 2009 10:25 pm

we got cash about 2 weeks ago, just under 3k so I dont know what there going to do if it dosnt happen, mines already spent on a bullbar and fridge :?#
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Re: Tax bonus payment scams

Postby GypsyLady » Tue Mar 31, 2009 10:31 pm

That was different to the $900 the average worker who earned less that $80,000 last financial year is to get....


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Re: Tax bonus payment scams

Postby CampGrrlz » Tue Mar 31, 2009 11:32 pm

ricklanga wrote:Received this in my email today and have confirmed it on ATO website. People should be aware.

And this is the link: http://www.ato.gov.au/corporate/content ... 182667.htm

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