Police are warning Frankston and Mornington Peninsula residents to be wary after a recent spate of phone scams. Some residents have told police they had received a phone call from someone telling them they had an outstanding tax debt.
Often the caller ID displayed the phone number of a police station or a government agency such as the ATO. The scammers ask for personal information or bank details and sometimes ask the victim to buy online music vouchers or similar products to pay supposed fines.
People who receive a phone call requesting personal information or payment from a person purporting to be from a law enforcement or government agency should:
• Not respond to the request and hang up; and,
• Phone the agency on a publicly listed number to check the veracity of the original call.
Residents who have lost money as a result of this type of scam can report the matter to the police or to Scamwatch.