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Avoid Scams And Identity Theft

Avoid Scams And Identity Theft

  • Thursday, 30 April 2020 16:31

Scammers will use every opportunity to target you when times are tough and you are vulnerable, such as in the current COVID-19 environment.

They can impersonate the ATO and contact businesses to try and collect false tax debts or entice people to click on links to access non-existent tax refunds.

Avoiding scams and identity theft is not easy. Protect your business, financial and personal information by taking precautions and being aware of what you share:

  • Secure your business premises and ensure no one has access to your mail or other information.
  • Secure your systems by using strong and secure passwords, ensuring your devices have the latest security updates, using a spam filter on your email accounts and securing your wireless network.
  • Ensure you perform background checks on new employees and restrict their access to systems.
  • Be able to track the actions of employees who deal with sensitive and personal information.
  • Protect your myGovID by using the security features in your device such as fingerprint, face or password.
  • Monitor your accounts for unusual activity or transactions.
  • Do not download programs or open attachments you are unsure of.

If your business information has been compromised or stolen, or you’re unsure about a phone call, text message or email you’ve received, contact the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) on 1800 467 033 or visit verify or report a scam on the ATO website.



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