We have been notified by the ATO that they have recently detected cases of identity thieves fraudulently obtaining AUSkeys linked to legitimate businesses. Once an Auskey has been allocated, access is gained to the Business Portal so that a fraudulent BAS can be lodged and bank details added to accounts that are not controlled by the entity.
It’s important that you take the following steps to protect your business and to ensure your identity has not been compromised:
- check access manager to understand who in your business has AUSkey access and that their level of access is appropriate to their role;
- remove access for employees who no longer work for you;
- check the financial institution and contact details you have recorded with the ATO are correct.
It is good business practice to conduct these checks on a regular basis.
Report any unknown or suspicious AUSkeys allocated to your organisation by contacting the ATO on 1300 287 539 between 8.00am and 6.00pm, Monday to Friday.
Alternatively, please contact your regular Marsh & Partners advisor. You can reach us on 07 3023 4800 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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