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.