Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

WE have seen an in­crease in the num­ber of com­plaints about peo­ple be­ing tar­geted by in­ter­na­tional phone scam­mers. The lat­est scam is where res­i­dents re­ceive a phone call and are ad­vised they are talk­ing to the Aus­tralian Tax Of­fice (ATO) or De­part­ment of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions (DPP). They are in­formed they have an ar­rest war­rant out for their ar­rest due to un­paid taxes or fines which will only be cleared if it is paid im­me­di­ately. Never give your per­sonal, credit card or on­line ac­count de­tails over the phone un­less you made the call and the phone num­ber came from a trusted source. If you think you have pro­vided your ac­count de­tails to a scam­mer, con­tact your bank or fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tion im­me­di­ately. -South Metropoli­tan com­mu­nity en­gage­ment of­fi­cer Se­nior Sergeant Paul Trim­ble

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