Victoria police issue scam alert after thousands swindled

Police are urging people to be wary of an elaborate ongoing arrest warrant scam after fraudsters swindled victims out of tens of thousands of dollars.

Detectives were told several people had received phone calls from a person or voice recording, claiming their tax file number had been used for fraudulent activity.

Police said the call is then transferred to someone posing as a police officer who threatens the victim to hand over money or they will be thrown in jail.

Offenders are accused of mimicking legitimate police station phone numbers in the course of this offending to deceive victims.

On Friday more than $30,000 was handed over by victims based in Melbourne’s east and Fitzroy.

Police are looking to speak with any other potential victims and are urging Victorians to hang up the phone if they receive a call claiming they will be arrested due to tax debt or to delete any fraudulent emails.

Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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