Hang up – ATO impersonation scam : Queensland Police

Moreton District Police have received reports from the public regarding a phone scam involving intimidation and threats of arrest.

The ‘ATO impersonation scam’ involves members of the community receiving a phone call from the Australian Federal Police stating a warrant has been taken out for their arrest regarding non-payment of an Australian Taxation Office (ATO) fine.

Reports state the caller is quite demanding and some have suggested they are quite threatening in their tone. The victim is told to pay the fine or risk being arrested.

Police are urging members of the community that if they receive a call like this to hang up immediately and not to provide any personal details.

For further information on how to avoid becoming a victim and how to report these matters, visit the R U in Control page on the myPolice.

Official ATO payment methods can be found on their website or by calling the ATO on 1800 008 540 to verify the authenticity of a call.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.


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