Fake tax agent fleeces thousands from unsuspecting victims
Relevant impacts: Human impact, business impact, financial impact and reputational impact
A Sydney man pretended to be a tax agent to more than 1,000 people and charged them $100 for his services. He also stole $12,866.62 worth of tax refunds from several people by changing their myGov account details to direct the funds to his account.
The man received a 2.5 year prison sentence to be served in the community. He had his assets seized and was also ordered to pay compensation to the Australian Taxation Office and his victims.
Please note: a legitimate tax practitioner will never ask for your myGov credentials as they use dedicated Australian Taxation Office online services to lodge returns for their clients.