ATO warns over new scam targeting Australians
The Australian Tax Office (ATO) is warning customers to be wary of emails and phone calls demanding bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies as payment for fake tax debts.
“We only became aware of it towards the end of 2017, it’s been about $50,000 paid in bitcoin to scammers that we’re aware of at this stage, and we’re expecting it to grow.” said ATO Assistant Commissioner Kath Anderson.
Scammers pretending to be the ATO last year stole nearly $2.4 million from Australians with $900,000 of that in the form of iTunes gift cards.
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