Batemans Bay Police have reported hoax phone callers alleging arrest warrants to scam money from Eurobodalla residents.
SCAMwatch is warning consumers about calls from people claiming to be from the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions or the Australian Tax Office, telling them that there is a warrant out for their arrest.
“If in doubt, look up the government department yourself and phone or email them,” a police spokesman said.
Many people have reported to SCAMwatch that messages have been recorded on their answering machines asking them to call back later. One of the telephone numbers provided is 02 6100 3027, among many others, and they ask you to call during office hours to discuss the matter further.
However, the telephone number has no connection with the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, Australian Taxation Office or any other state or commonwealth department.
The scammers may spin a range of stories about why an arrest warrant has been issued, including that you have failed to pay taxes.
Scammers typically ask for money to be sent via wire transfer as it is nearly impossible to recover money sent this way. They may also ask for people’s financial and other personal details to access their money and use this information to commit other scams.
“Be on guard, if you receive a phone call from someone saying you have an arrest warrant and asking you to pay a fee, hang up and do not respond. If in doubt, don’t use the contact details provided - look up the government department or organisation yourself in the phone book or online and phone or email them,” police said.