15-149TV Crime Prevention Message – Australian Taxation Office Scam
Police are urging the community to discuss this would-be con with anyone in their family or community who may not be aware of this scam, to ensure they don’t get taken in.
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) scam involves the victim being contacted by an individual advising them that they are from the ATO. The scammer advises the victim to call a second telephone number urgently because they have an outstanding tax bill and may be prosecuted/arrested if an amount of money is not paid. The scammer may provide false employee and case file numbers and pretend to put the victim in contact with a Senior Investigator. The victim is advised by a certain time and not to tell anyone. The money is then sent via Western Union transfer to an international location.
More information about this ‘tax time scam’ can be found at: www.scamwatch.gov.au.
Anyone who has been scammed or has suffered a financial loss should contact their local police station to report the matter.
Anyone who can provide information about person/s involved in scams is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or ‘Make a Report‘ on this website.