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Public warning about scams, Brisbane

Police are warning members of the public to be vigilant following reports of a scam targeting elderly residents in the South Brisbane District.

The scam operates whereby victims are called by a representative claiming to be from the Australian Tax Office (ATO).

The caller then tells the resident that a sum of money is owed to the ATO and payment is required by way of a prepaid visa card.

Victims are then told that if they do not comply a warrant will be issued.

This is a scam.

If you are cold called or emailed, never provide personal, bank account or credit card details and do not open links.

Ensure you check the bona fides of the caller/sender by directly contacting the agency they claim to represent.

If you feel you have been compromised it is imperative you contact your bank and credit card provider immediately.

To ensure you are not becoming a victim of fraud, it is essential you remain alert to those who contact you requesting access to your personal, bank account or credit card details.

For further information on how to stay safe, visit police.qld.gov.au/programs/cscp/fraud or scamwatch.gov.au for updated scam information.

For information regarding the ATO scam, visit https://www.ato.gov.au/Media-centre/Media-releases/Protect-yourself-against-phone-scams/

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

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