We all get phone-calls from marketing companies – often around dinner time. Often we think it is nice to help someone out and keep them employed. Unfortunately, there are now so many scam attempts that sometimes you don’t even want to answer the phone when it rings. Pretending to be from the Australian Tax Office is one of the most common.

This recent video from the ATO helps explain what you should never do – remember, the ATO will never call you. They only contact you by mail, and even then, you should always contact the ATO or your tax advisor to confirm a debt is legitimate before you pay anything, no matter how convincing they sound.

You can contact Simon on 0409 290 358 or 6111 3124 if you are ever unsure and would like another opinion on a suspicious request.