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The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is warning Australians to be weary of unexpected text messages claiming to be from the government body, after a number of suspicious messages were reported this month.

The new scam circulating tells Australians they are accused of cryptocurrency tax evasion, urging them to follow a link provided in the message.

“They are then asking them to ‘connect their wallet’ and provide detailed information via a link,” the ATO said.

You should not click on the link as it will take you to a fake MyGov page, designed to steal personal information.

The ATO clarified it would not contact people via text or email if there was a legitimate issue.

“The real ATO will never send you an SMS or email with a link to log in to our online services,” the warning read.

“And while we may use SMS or email to ask you to contact us, we will never ask you to return personal information through these channels.”

People are urged not to respond to the messages.

Source: 9News

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