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Phone scammers at work in SA



Scammers making aggressive phone calls threatening the recipient with arrest unless they make a payment are continuing to plague South Australian residents, police warn.

The callers often claim to either work for the Australian Taxation Office or the Office of the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions.

SA Police have issued a number of warnings this year about the scam callers, who are a perennial problem around the end of the financial year.

Often the scammer claims the would-be victim owes several thousand dollars and they demand immediate payment (via an international money transfer service) or an arrest warrant will be enforced.

Police are urging the community to discuss this would-be con with anyone in their family or community who may not be aware of this to ensure they don’t get taken in.

More information about this ‘tax time scam’ can be found here: https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/news/don%E2%80%99t-let-scammers-%E2%80%98tax-you-this-tax-time

Anyone who incurs a financial loss from a scam should report it to police. For more information about scams, how they work, how to report them and how to get help please visit ScamWatch.

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