SA Police have issued a fresh warning to the community about scammers making unsolicited telephone calls in which they claim to be police officers, or work with the South Australia Police.
Concerns risen from the recent scam callers is that the telephone number displayed is that of a South Australian police station, however the call is not being made from that location.
Unfortunately modifying a caller ID is a simple technique which can be used by scammers as a way to build credibility by making a call or SMS appear to come from a reputable agency.
In a recent incident reported to police a woman was advised by a caller that he was a ‘federal agent’ from the ATO and that she owned money.
He supplied a phone number for her to call back on and while she was on the phone she had a ‘missed call’ which she returned, hearing an automatic message before being put through to the 'officer’.
Neither the message, nor the 'officer', were genuine but the woman was convinced to purchase gift cards to pay her 'outstanding debt'.
Similar scam tactics have been reported in various locations both across South Australia and nationally.
South Australia Police urge the public to be aware and vigilant when receiving phone calls from unknown numbers.
Police are advising no government organisation will ever request payment of debts or fines through gift cards or online currency and SA Police do not act as debt collectors for any agency or other organisation.
Police station names will not appear on your phone if police are trying to contact you, with the majority of calls from police appearing as a ‘blocked’ or ‘private’ number.