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ATO Scam Sparks Warning

ATO Scam Sparks Warning

Great South Coast Residents Encouraged To Be Wary

Police are urging people to be wary following reports of scammers impersonating authorities including police and the Australian Tax Office to obtain money from victims.

As part of the scam, victims have reported receiving a phone call from someone claiming to be with the Australian Tax Office (ATO) or local police, who claim that the victim’s tax file number has been hacked or their account has been involved in fraudulent or criminal activity.

Offenders ask the victim what their local police station is and to google the number while the offender stays on the phone call.

On multiple occasions, the victim has proceeded to do this before providing the scammer with their local police station number.

The offender tells the victim that a police officer from that station will call them within five minutes to provide further information.

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A short while later, someone calls from a number that the scammer has falsified to appear as if someone is calling from the victim’s local police station.

During this call, the scammer informs them they must move all their funds into a secure ATO account while it is investigated.

The victim is then contacted again with instructions to withdraw thousands of dollars and lodge them via an ATM into an account.

Scammers will most often provide their bank details to victims via encrypted messaging services.

Several incidents are being investigated by local Crime Investigation Units across the state which have occurred this year.

If you have lost money as a result of this type of scam, please report the matter to your local police station.

Anyone with information about crime can also confidentially report this to crime stoppers by calling 1800 333 000, or by submitting a report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

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