NT Police are warning Territorians to be wary of bogus calls claiming to be from the Australian Tax Office after an alleged tax scammer swindled $12,000 from a 37-year-old Territorian.
Residents from Alice Springs and Darwin have also received the phony calls two days ago, allegedly from the ATO trying to rip off large amounts of money from them, police said.
The Alice Springs Police Station has also been alerted after some residents reported they had scammers contacting them from multiple phone numbers, including one that displayed as the Alice Springs Police Station.
According to complainants, scam callers stated they were from the “Taxation Office” – not the Australian Tax Office – and that there were warrants out for the arrest of the call recipients.
The scammers then requested the call recipients transfer large sums of money while threatening to send police to their locations if they won’t do what they please.
“As a result of these calls, a 37-year-old man transferred a sum of $12,000 to the scammer’s bank account,” NT Police said in a statement. “The NT Police Cybercrime Unit is investigating.”
Police have confirmed that Australian Tax Office and their office have nothing to do with these malicious calls.
The Cybercrime Unit has advised the public to ignore the calls and to not provide any personal details or transfer money to any bank accounts.
Authorities urge anyone who may have received these types of calls to report to them at https://www.cyber.gov.au/ or if anyone has suffered financial loss through this type of fraud or other scams, report it to police on 131 444.