May 2020 phone scam
Requesting bank account details for the JobKeeper payment
The ATO is receiving reports of scammers pretending to be from the ATO calling members of the public and asking them to provide their bank account details. They are telling them that their employer has registered them for the JobKeeper Payment, but that the ATO needs their bank account details to deposit the funds into their account.
Do not provide the information requested
Employees that are eligible for JobKeeper payments will be paid by their employer and the ATO will reimburse their employer for these payments. The ATO does not need the bank account details of individual employees.
If you are not sure whether an ATO call is legitimate, hang up and phone 1800 008 540 to check.
Scammers are constantly developing new ways to steal from the community, and will often try to take advantage of people when they are most vulnerable.