The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has warned the public of new myGov-related SMS and email scams, which appear in a taxpayer’s legitimate ATO or myGov SMS message thread, but are in fact malicious traps set up to steal private details.
“We’re receiving increasing reports of several myGov-related SMS and email scams. These scams look like they have come from a myGov or ATO email address. They also might appear in your legitimate ATO or myGov SMS message thread,” the ATO said in its most recent scam warning.
The message making rounds at the moment asks taxpayers to urgently verify their details via a myGov impersonation website, and threatens to lock their account if the instructions are not heeded within 24 hours.
But the ATO has urged people to refrain from clicking on the link.
Explaining that individuals will get email or SMS notifications from myGov whenever there are new messages in their myGov inbox, the ATO said these messages will never include a myGov account link.
It instructed the public to always access the ATO’s Online services directly via my.gov.au, ato.gov.au and the ATO app.
The ATO said: “All online management of your personal tax affairs should be done in ATO Online services, accessed through your genuine myGov account.
“Any communications containing your personal information, such as your tax file number (TFN), will be sent to your myGov inbox, not your email account.”
It also explained that individuals can make accessing their myGov account more secure by opting to receive a security code via SMS.