Police warn Canberrans of phone scammers pretending to be AFP Officers

Lachlan Roberts 28 March 2018
NBN scam alert

Be wary of scammers pretending to be AFP officers.

Have you received a phone call recently from an AFP officer who claimed that you have an outstanding tax debt and requested your bank account details?

ACT Policing is urging the community to be wary of such calls after recent public reports reveal that it is a cunning telephone scam.

The phone scammers, who are targeting Canberra residents, claim to be an AFP officer and provide false names and badge numbers.

The scammer informs Canberrans that they have an outstanding Australian Taxation Authority (ATO) debt that needs to be paid or they will be arrested on a warrant.

In a telltale sign that they are not AFP officers, the scammer requests bank account details for an immediate money transfer.

Acting Superintendent Jason Kennedy said it is important for the public to remember that ACT Policing or the AFP will never call you asking for bank account details.

“If you receive a call like this, do not transfer any money, take note of the phone number calling you and report the incident.”

“It is also important to talk to elderly or vulnerable people about these scams to help them avoid becoming victims.”

If you have any information in relation to these types of incidents you are urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website.

For more information about scams and how to protect yourself, visit the Scamwatch website.

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