• Kieran Powell

Tax scammers impersonate police

South Australian Police are currently investigating an audacious tax scam involving two men impersonating federal officers who tried to extort money from an Adelaide couple.

On Monday, the Salisbury Downs victim received an automated phone message telling him he had a tax debt and a warrant had been issued for his arrest.

The victim suspected a scam and rang the number back and terminated the call without providing any details.

About half an hour later, two men appeared at the door of the victim’s Salisbury Downs home, wearing blue jackets emblazoned with “Federal Police” and identified themselves as police officers.

They told the victim he had a tax debt and produced an EFTPOS machine.

According to the police, the victim challenged the men to produce identification, prompting them to run off.

SA Police have described the two men as of Indian subcontinental and Asian appearance, one aged in late 20s, the other in his 40s with an American accent.

“A quick call to the ATO confirmed there was no outstanding tax debt and the victim immediately reported the matter to police. No money was stolen,” said SA Police in a statement.

“Northern District CIB detectives are investigating and ask anyone who saw the two men at Salisbury Downs yesterday or have experienced any similar incidents to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.”

The Australian Taxation Office will never demand money via eftpos on the spot or ask to be paid in obscure methods such as gift cards or bitcoin. If you are ever unsure if a call is legitimate you can ring back the ATO directly 1800 008 540 to verify the call.

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