Police warn residents about international phone scammers

Police warn residents about international phone scammers

POLICE are warning Perth residents to be wary of international scam callers after a spate of incidents in recent months.

The victims receive phone calls claiming to be from the Australian Tax Office or Department of Public Prosecutions, with the caller saying an arrest warrant has been issued for the recipient for unpaid taxes or fines

The victims are then told the only way to avoid arrest is to pay the fines immediately by wire transfer.

South Metropolitan community engagement officer senior sergeant Paul Trimble said the frequency of the calls was becoming a concern.

“We have seen an increase in the number of complaints relating to members of the community being targeted by international phone scammers,” he said.

“Once paid (the money) is almost impossible to recover.

“There are several other phone scams that are also circulating which include receiving a call from a person who says they are from Microsoft.

“They ask for personal information to access your computer and receive payment for them to fix problems they have discovered.

“No legitimate bank, financial institution, utilities supplier or other company will ever request your personal information over the phone, so do not disclose any information to prevent yourself falling victim to these criminals.

“Never give your personal, credit card or online account details over the phone unless you made the call and the phone number came from a trusted source.”

If you think you may have provided your account details to a scammer, contact your bank or financial institution immediately.

You can report scams to the ACCC via the SCAMwatch website or by calling 1300 795 995.