Police: warning about tax scams
SCAMWATCH is warning people not to engage with phone calls or emails they receive threatening arrest or jail over unpaid tax debts.
Leading Senior Constable Helen Parfett of Wangaratta police said reports of these scams had jumped significantly during the past month.
“The caller may sound very aggressive or there may be a robotic-sounding voice message informing them that they need to contact a phone number in relation to an outstanding tax debt, or face imminent arrest and jail time,” she said.
“They will tell people to buy gift cards like iTunes or Google Play or send money by other methods like Bitcoin ATMs or pre-paid credit cards. “This is a scam. “If you are concerned, contact the Australian Taxation Office on 1800 008 540.
You can also report the scam at www.scamwatch.gov.au/ report-a-scam.
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