Scams plaguing residents

SCAM: Des Reinke is warning the community to be wary of a recent phone scam claiming to be the Australian Taxation Office.
SCAM: Des Reinke is warning the community to be wary of a recent phone scam claiming to be the Australian Taxation Office. Tom Threadingham

MOST people would react nervously if threatened with arrest after answering the phone.

Not Des Reinke.

Despite it being the first time Mr Reinke had received such a call, he was quick to recognise the call for what it was – a scam.

Mr Reinke said the phone call was a recorded message from a “foreign person” claiming to be with the Australian Taxation Office.

“They were claiming that I was going to be arrested for tax evasion,” he said.

“It said you or your legal representative should ring this number as soon as possible to stop the warrant being issued.”

Mr Reinke wasn’t the only person to get the message, with his son receiving six calls in one day.

Gatton Police officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Rowland Browne said a good resource for reporting and researching scams was the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network website.

“Most large organisations do not deal with people through unsolicited phone calls demanding transfers of money and will deal with you in writing,” Sen Sgt Browne said.

“If someone offers you money which you had no idea you were entitled to, it’s almost certainly a scam.

“You are not going to have surprise debt either.

“If you have debt, you know about it.”

Sen Sgt Browne said a good way to identify a scam was to ask for phone numbers and compare them to an organisation’s registered details.

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