Scammers steal over $800,000 during November

The ATO is warning taxpayers to be on high alert to scammers, with over $800,000 reportedly lost during November.

Assistant Commissioner Kath Anderson said over the last month, the ATO has seen an increase in scam phone calls, especially those using software that resembles a legitimate phone number to disguise the caller’s true identity.

“The ATO does not project our numbers using caller ID. You can be confident that if there is a number displayed in your caller ID, it isn’t the ATO,” Ms Anderson said.

According to Ms Anderson, the ATO received more than 37,000 reports of scams attempts in November alone, with one elderly person losing more than $236,000 to scammers between June and November this year.

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