Police in Adelaide and regional South Australia have received numerous reports of bogus callers claiming to represent the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).
A number of people have reported receiving scam calls from individuals posing as ATO employees attempting to recover outstanding tax debts.
Callers have typically demanded about $3,000, and threatened to contact Police unless they received immediate payment.
In some cases, callers have provided personal information, sourced from publicly-available records.
The caller’s number is not connected to the Australian Taxation Office.
Of the residents who have reported this scam to Police, no one has forwarded money to the callers; however, all have claimed the callers to be threatening and demanding in their language.
It’s thought that people may be more susceptible to Tax Office scams as we approach the end of financial year.
Police are encouraging residents to spread the word, and discuss this scam with family and friends who may be less technologically-savvy.
Don’t forget, you can report suspected scams to SCAMwatch (the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission) via this form.
If you have incurred a financial loss resulting from a scam, you can also report via The ACORN (Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network)