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Australian Taxation Office Scam

The Fraud and Cyber Crime Group, Queensland Police Service again warns of an ongoing scam targeting the public of Queensland and according to their interstate counterparts, nationally.

 

The taxation scam is being conducted by offenders over the telephone pretending to be Australian Taxation Office employees.  The scammers coerce victims to make payment for a fake tax debt and threaten arrest if not complied with.  The money is to be paid into a bank account or pre-paid credit card.

 

The high pressure intimidation tactics include the use of aggression, telling the victims’ court cases are pending and the application of harsh penalties if the debt is not paid on time.

 

The fake Australian Taxation Office employees quite often have foreign accents and are well versed in making reference to legislation and the use of terminology to add a layer of legitimacy.

 

Acting Detective Superintendent Terry Lawrence of the Fraud and Cyber Group stated the Australian Taxation Office has issued warnings about this scam previously however members of the public continue to be conned.

 

He further added anyone receiving a call of this nature should take the details of the claim and then contact the Australian Taxation Office or visit the ATO and ScamWatch websites for information.  If people think they have been scammed call the ATO on 13 28 61 during business hours.

 

“An Australian Taxation Office employee will not threaten members of the public or seek any of your personal details.  Your personal details are your identity, who you are and should always be protected“, he said.

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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