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Tax office warns of bogus job adverts

THE Australian Taxation Office is urging job applicants to remain vigilant and not fall for online recruitment scams.

The ATO has this year received more than 10,000 reports on a wide range of scams, Tax Commissioner Michael D'Ascenzo said.

"Bogus job ads are being posted on recruitment websites by scammers where people are being asked to provide their tax file numbers as a part of their job application," Mr D'Ascenzo said.

ATO investigations have shown that the advertised positions never existed and those running the scams generally communicate by email or mobile phones.

"You should not provide a prospective employer with personal details, such as your tax file number or bank account details until after you begin work in the position," Mr D'Ascenzo said.

"Personal information can be used by scammers to lodge false tax returns in your name, enable the use of your credit cards or even result in people taking out a loan in your name.

"In some cases, identity crime can take years to resolve."

An employer can only ask for your tax file number once you have started the job.

If you think you have been the victim of a scam, contact the ATO by calling 1800 060 062 (8am-6pm, Monday to Friday).



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