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Ex-accounting firm employee targeted by ATO scam

CAROL Schmidt has contacted the Observer to reveal she too received calls from someone saying they were from the Australian Taxation Office and she owed them money.

The person who left a voice message on her home phone used the same name as other reported scam calls.

Mrs Schmidt who worked for an accounting firm for years, knew immediately that the caller was trying to scam her.

"I used to talk to the tax office people who arrange debts all the time and they are really nice," she said.

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"They would usually write saying we're investigating you or send an audit activity statement. You would then respond saying bring it on and produce your evidence.

"This guy didn't even know our name."

Another reader, Thelma Short, also called in to say she had received 'several' calls in the last few days.

The 85-year-old was told she owed money overseas.

"I picked it up one day and he started to waffle on and I just put it down," she said.

"Then he left a message with a number to call back on. I didn't do that because I'm not going to waste my money on that."

Topics:  australian tax office, fraud, scam




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