Tax of­fice im­per­son­ator scam warn­ing

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS - Jac­inta Can­ta­tore

Har­vey po­lice are urg­ing res­i­dents to be alert af­ter sev­eral re­ports of peo­ple re­ceiv­ing phone calls from some­one im­per­son­at­ing Aus­tralian Tax Of­fice staff and de­mand­ing money.

Act­ing Sgt Jon Adams said the scam­mers ap­peared to be us­ing a recorded mes­sage in an at­tempt to scam peo­ple into pay­ing non-ex­is­tent debts.

“We have been aware of nu­mer­ous at­tempts by fraud­sters to con­tact peo­ple, us­ing a recorded mes­sage stat­ing that they owe the tax man lots of money and fail­ure to pay will re­sult in a war­rant for ar­rest,” Sgt Adams said.

“I would like to re­in­force the mes­sage that le­git­i­mate gov­ern­ment agen­cies won’t send au­to­mated mes­sages of this type and any­one un­sure can al­ways check out www.scamwatch.gov.au.

“This is the same for the bank­ing agen­cies.”

On Septem­ber 27, po­lice charged a 38-year-old Har­vey woman with of­fer­ing to sell or sup­ply metham­phetamine, re­lat­ing to events that oc­curred in Au­gust this year.

The woman will ap­pear in Har­vey Mag­is­trates court later this month.

On Septem­ber 29, of­fi­cers charged a 59-year-old Har­vey man with breach of bail.

The man was re­manded in cus­tody to ap­pear via video link at the Perth Mag­is­trates Court the fol­low­ing day on charges re­lat­ing to fail­ing to ap­pear in court.

Of­fi­cers charged a 58-year-old Myalup man with driv­ing con­trary to an ex­tra­or­di­nary li­cence on Septem­ber 11, fol­low­ing a traf­fic stop on Forestry Road in Uduc.

The man will ap­pear in Har­vey Mag­is­trates Court next month.

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