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Scammers Claiming to be Police Officers

Police_Line_Crime_Scene_2498847226.jpgSA Police have issued a warning to the public to be wary of scam callers after a recent incident in which a would-be scammer claimed to be a police officer.

The caller claimed to be a police officer, and told their intended victim that there was an outstanding warrant in their name in relation to a tax debt.

One report has been received in relation to the exploitation of the phone number used but police are aware this type of practice is used by many scammers to create a false impression.

Police are urging people to be careful and to verify a caller’s identity before providing any personal information or making payments of any sort.

These are some tips on how to avoid scammers from SA Police: 

  • Hang up when someone you don't know calls
  • Immediately delete emails from people you don't know, and from agencies or businesses that you didn’t agree to receive emails from – do not click on links in those emails
  • Never send money online to someone you haven't met in person
  • If in doubt contact the government agency from a phone number or website that you have located and were not directed to
  • Remember the ATO will not request payment of a debt via iTunes, Google Play cards or Bitcoins
  • 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 have provided your bank account details to a scammer, contact your bank or financial institution immediately
  • Never give an unsolicited person remote access to your computer. You may compromise the security of your device and your personal information
  • Ensure your computer is protected with regularly updated anti-virus and anti-spyware software