SCAM ALERT! Did we call you on your cell phone? Answer – probably not…
There’s a new version of an old tax scam doing the rounds, but guess what scammers, we’re exposing your secrets:
– First, they’ll call with an automated message saying they’re from the “tax department” saying you’re being audited.
– You’ll be asked to select an option to be put through an operator (*cough scammer*) – who says you owe a tax debt.
– If you question the caller or hang up, you’ll likely receive a call back about 30 mins later which “appears” to come from an AFP phone number in Sydney. (For all you detectives, it looks like us. BUT IT’S NOT, the scammers are just imitating our switchboard).
– An “AFP Federal Officer” will then claim you’ll be arrested unless you pay the fine. DO NOT PAY!
Remember – the AFP will NEVER request payment of fines or other monies over the phone.
If you believe you or someone you know might be a scam victim, or have any information, you can report it through SCAMwatch (www.scamwatch.gov.au) or your local police.