Cockburn Gazette - - OPINION -

IN re­sponse to the Edi­to­rial in the Fe­bru­ary is­sue 9 warn­ing about scams, are th­ese calls de­signed to keep us Se­nior Cit­i­zens on our toes?

Last week we had a sim­i­lar in­ci­dent. The lengthy mes­sage was left on our an­swer­ing ma­chine.

The voice sug­gested the caller was an Asian male who spoke good English. To­wards the end of the mes­sage, we were told to phone an 02 area code num­ber.

Shortly af­ter lis­ten­ing to the mes­sage, I phoned the Aus­tralian Tax­a­tion Of­fice [there are two num­bers 1800 060 062 and 1800 199 010] and gave de­tails of the mes­sage and the tele­phone num­ber.

The tax of­fice staff mem­ber said that the in­for­ma­tion would be passed to the ATO’s in­ves­ti­ga­tors for fol­low-up.

Later that af­ter­noon, we re­ceived an- other call from the same Asian male rant­ing on as to why we had not re­sponded.

It ap­peared that the call was be­ing mon­i­tored be­cause an­other voice in­ter­rupted him and cut off the call.

I sug­gest that re­port­ing th­ese calls di­rectly to the ATO is more ef­fec­tive as it avoids go­ing through a third party who then has to in­form the ATO. How crowded would that be by now? Go over Can­ning Bridge and Stir­ling Bridge? No, on re­flec­tion, this would not be pos­si­ble, be­cause if all peo­ple were like Mario, th­ese bridges would not have been built ei­ther, in case they at­tracted more peo­ple, like Mario said Roe 8 would do.

Mario, what would WA be like with­out bridges and roads?

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