Text message scam warning issued over tax office fake

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Don't reply to this text: Urgent warning is issued over tax office scam offering thousands of dollars in refunds Text message pretends to be from the ATO, directs to a rebate scam website  Police say to immediately delete the text message without clicking the link If you have clicked the link accidentally, you need to report it  Australians are projected to lose more than $532 million by the end of this year 

By Alison Bevege For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 05:34 BST, 18 August 2019 | Updated: 05:34 BST, 18 August 2019

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A text message offering a healthy tax refund at the click of a web link is a dangerous fake, police have warned.

The victim gets a text message saying they are about to receive an Australian Tax Office (ATO) direct refund of $2675.51.

It encourages you to click on a link to www.ato.direct and log in with a PIN number included in the text and your mobile phone number.

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If you get this text message above: delete it. It's a fake message pretending to be from the ATO that sends you to the fake website pictured below, which is designed to trick you and steal data

If you get this text message above: delete it. It's a fake message pretending to be from the ATO that sends you to the fake website pictured below, which is designed to trick you and steal data

Anyone who entered their details in this fraudulent website is encouraged to report it to the Australian Cyber Security Centre or to identity protection charity idcare.org

Anyone who entered their details in this fraudulent website is encouraged to report it to the Australian Cyber Security Centre or to identity protection charity idcare.org

The website is not the real ATO website, which is www.ato.gov.au

All Australian government website URLs end with .gov.au

If the victim clicks on the

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