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In the related content below you will find some stories about common online scams the ATO advises Australians to look out for this year. These are based on real cases reported to the ATO but names and details have been changed.

Avoid ransomware at tax time

During the flurry of tax time, tax agent Sam didn’t think twice about clicking a link in an email from a courier service they regularly used. The email was fake and her networked devices were infected with ransomware.

Avoid the 'Fake Tax Debt' scam

Homewares entrepreneur Mario lost $5,000 to a sophisticated ‘robocall’ scam that had him convinced he was dealing with his real tax agent.

Watch out for invoice scams at tax time

Northern Territory tax agent Rajiv came close to getting duped to the tune of $20,000 by a scammer he thought was one of his labour hire firm contacts.

Tax inVoice podcast

Tune in for episode 13, Scams and Identity Protection, of Tax inVoice, a podcast which features Deputy Chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Delia Rickard; ATO Assistant Commissioner of Individuals, Karen Foat; and Australian Cyber Security Centre representative Karl Hanmore discussing scams, personally-identifying information and cyber security.