Queensland Police has issued a warning after a member of their own police force was targeted in a sophisticated phone scam.
The con sees scammers pose as an Australian Taxation Office (ATO) worker and use the Mackay Police Station phone number as a way to authenticate and add legitimacy to their request.
While police say the scam itself isn’t uncommon, using an official Queensland Police Service phone number was a sinister new trend that the public needed to know about.
It was only uncovered when the fraudsters unknowingly called an off-duty police officer to demand that he pay a supposed $8,000 tax debt.
‘The caller claimed to be a member of the Australian Federal Police and advised the off-duty officer that they had 40 minutes to make a payment for an outstanding tax debt of $8,000 or they would be arrested,’ Senior Constable Steve Smith told the Daily Mercury.
‘In an effort to try and authenticate their call, the scammer provided the off duty officer with an alleged contact number.
‘This number turned out to be the phone number for the Mackay Police Station which is where the off-duty officer works.’