EL­DERLY TAR­GETED IN TELE­PHONE SCAM

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

EL­DERLY res­i­dents in the Mt Druitt and St Marys area are be­ing tar­geted by tele­phone scam­mers claim­ing to be from the Aus­tralian Tax­a­tion Of­fice.

One Mt Druitt woman, in her 80s, told The

Stan­dard that a young woman with an Englishtype ac­cent had rang her and ad­vised she owed money to the tax­a­tion of­fice.

“She told me I had to pay an ex­cess tax bill and if I didn’t do it im­me­di­ately a war­rant would be is­sued and I would be ar­rested,” the woman said.

“I didn’t pay any at­ten­tion but for some­one else that could be very dis­tress­ing.”

The woman said she’d re­ported the scam to po­lice.

“There’s not much they can do but I just want peo­ple to be aware of these type of phone calls,” she said.

The ACCC has pub­lished a “lit­tle black book of scams” which high­lights a va­ri­ety of pop­u­lar scams that tar­get Aus­tralians.

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