Tax time scam: Cyber criminals are impersonating the ATO via WhatsApp

Australians have been warned about an influx of scammers who are using popular messaging app WhatsApp to impersonate the Australian Tax Office (ATO).

“The scam is the latest twist to the fake tax debt scam where scammers issue a pre-recorded voice message to your phone demanding immediate payment of a tax debt and threatening immediate arrest,” the ATO said.

“In addition to requesting payment via unusual methods, the scammers may also ask call recipients to send a photo of their driver’s licence, passport or other identity credential via WhatsApp.”

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