There are two certainties in life: death and taxes. We all have to file a tax return, and this is something scammers are well aware of.
According to University of Canberra Associate Professor of Information Technology and Systems, Dr Abu Barkat ullah, tax time scams are always prevalent, and revolve around accessing the victim’s personal information and money.
Individuals are most often the victim, with tax agents and businesses are also targeted.
Generally active from June/July and toward the 31 October tax return lodgement due date, scammers will contact their victims over the course of the year, sending multiple messages in attempts to gather personal information.
In February, people received calls alleging their Tax File Number (TFN) had been suspended, and then in May an email scam told recipients to update their myGovID details.
“If I’m targeting a person, I have asked them for their TFN and MyGov login, it’s given me…