We have been receiving a lot of complaints, about a scam involving the Indian telemarketers, claiming to be from the Australia Tax Office. We feel Australian public, deserves to know about this scam, to help protect themselves, and their loved ones. You might not fall the scam, but you never know if your elderly parents, or those with disabilities may.
The scam works like this. The scammers call up, and say that Julia Gillard, or the ATO, has $X,XXX in tax or rebates. To claim the money, they insist you need to send them a few hundred via Western Union. The scammers have been known to make several followup calls, to check if the money has been sent. Once the money is sent, the scammers collect the money, and never send anything back, and ignore all incoming calls. Some of the scammers, have been claiming that the money is to be sent to UNICEF or other charities.
June 23, 2011
i am a recent victim of this ATO scam, called police and service providor, I would suggest all who are here and reading this to log time and date & report back to phone service providors for further investigation
June 16, 2011
My elderly parents were rung by this guy twice asking them to send money via Western Union.
June 15, 2011
got numerous calls from this guy claiming to be from the ATO trying to get money from western Union on some names, i am a victim, transferred the money already and end up with scam. Please do not beleave these guys’ its a fraud. In this way i may help other people to end up with scam
One of the scammers attempted to post up a false statement on our site. The false statement came from the “John” on the Indian IP 22.214.171.124, and claimed it was a non-profit organization.
i received a call from this number yesterday regarding the tax rebate money i thought these people are fraud but what i come to know they are from financial account deppt ….and i lost $4600
they are from the tax deppt i already confirmed from tax deppt …..
There is a variation of this scam running, which claims to be a “bank refund”. The number being used for this alternate scam is (02) 8091 5007. We received this false statement from “Austin Jordon” from the Indian IP 126.96.36.199:
its not like that i have received $10,000 by donating $2000 to a poor child
be a trust on our govt..