Phone scam doing rounds in the Clarence

A SCAM phone call from someone claiming to be from the Australian Taxation Office has set one Yamba resident's alarm bells ringing.

Ada Brown recently answered the phone to a man called Adam Parker, who said the ATO was going to send her $7200.

He gave her a case number and said 'Norma Smith' would look after her. All she had to do was pay $390.

She hung up as soon as she realised it was a scam, but said she was worried other people might fall for the ploy.

ScamNet has issued a warning about the scam in which people claim to represent the Australian Crime Commission (ACC) or the ATO.

The scammers tell the recipients to call back on a number with the prefix '02' in an attempt to add credibility, but the call is likely redirected to the scammers' true location overseas.

At some point scammers will demand payment by wire transfer, electronic voucher or bank transfer.

The ACC and ATO have advised that they will not contact individuals by phone about legal proceedings.

You can report the scam to http://www.SCAMwatch.gov.au.



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