Scenic Rim police warn locals of tax scams

CAUTION: Scammers pretending to be from the Australian Taxation Office or police have been trying to swindle Scenic Rim residents.
CAUTION: Scammers pretending to be from the Australian Taxation Office or police have been trying to swindle Scenic Rim residents.

Police have advised residents to be aware of scammers as incidents were being reported daily to Scamwatch.

A police spokesman said most of the scams occurred over the phone, with the caller pretending to be from the Australian Taxation Office or the police and attempting to scare people into believing the call is real.

“They will tell you to buy gift cards like iTunes or Google Play to pay the tax debt or fine,” he said.

“The scammers are very aggressive and forceful and have been threatening imminent arrest or jail time.”

He said the ATO and police did not operate in that way, and government departments never requested unusual payments like gift cards or Bitcoin.

Should you receive such a call, hang up. Do not call any numbers provided and immediately delete any emails.