Po­lice: warn­ing about tax scams

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News -

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.

Fur­ther story page 26.

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