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ATO WARNS ON FRAUD

Wednesday, 01 March 2017

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) has issued a warning about new fraudulent activity it has detected involving the unauthorised use of AUSkeys to defraud businesses including changing the details of accounts for tax refunds

The ATO said they have detected criminal activity where identity thieves have fraudulently obtained AUSkeys linked to businesses. “They have used these to access the portals, lodge activity statements and change account details for refunds.

“We were able to take preventative action quickly. These AUSkeys have been cancelled and we are working with the affected businesses to protect their online security and monitor activity on their accounts.”

It recommended that to avoid similar problems other businesses should:
• use the ATO’s Access Manager regularly to check people's level of access to the portals is appropriate
• cancel AUSkeys (in AUSkey Manager) for people who no longer work for you
• immediately disable or remove a person's account if you have any concerns about their activities
• ensure that each person who deals with the ATO online on behalf of your practice has their own AUSkey
• keep passwords secure – they must not be shared
• report any unknown or suspicious AUSkeys by phoning 1300 287 539.

 

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