Warnings Issued After Aussies Are Scammed Out Of $1 MILLION
It's that time of year again, tax return time, and with it comes an increase of fraudulent activity aimed at conning innocent people out of their hard earned cash.
Scammers are taking advantage of this time of year to pretend they are calling from the tax office.
They then tell unsuspecting members of the public that they have underpaid their tax bill and unless they call them back, the police will be sent to their homes.
Some fraudsters are even instructing people to repay fake debt by purchasing iTunes gift vouchers and sending them the cards.
People are being advised by the watchdog to hang up on calls and to delete emails and voice messages that are threatening in nature and purporting to be from the Australian Tax Office.
Some of these emails can seem very convincing.
"Tax scammers are particularly aggressive so many people feel pressured to pay quickly without questioning them," said ACCC's deputy chair Delia Rickard.
"The most threatening scammers even say that police are on their way to arrest you but can be stopped if you pay immediately."
Source The Age