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ATO warns: Scam text messages about tax refunds

Concerns raised about high volume of SMS scams pretending to be from the Australian Taxation Office.

These scams say you’re owed an income tax repayment and ask you to click a hyperlink and complete a form.

But clicking the link takes you to a fake ATO webpage that asks for your personal identifying information, including your credit card details.

If you receive an SMS like this, don’t click on any links. You can report the scam to the ATO.

The ATO will never send you an SMS with a link to log in to online services or ask for your credit card details.

Visit the ATO website to find out more.

Published 8 August 2022, updated 12 September 2022