Aussies are being warned of an “alarming” new scam where payment is demanded though retail gift cards and cash, resulting in one man losing $50,000.
Aussies are being warned about a new scam where payments are being demanded via retail gifts cards from Woolworths, JB Hi-Fi and Myer or cash paid to couriers, with one man losing $50,000.
The scammers, pretending to be from the Australian Taxation Office and other agencies, such as the Australian Federal Police, are conning people into making payments, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) revealed.
Con-artists are phoning people to claim their tax file number (TFN) has been suspended or compromised due to money laundering or other illegal activity or that they owe a debt.
Payment is demanded through ‘cardless cash’ ATM withdrawals and retail gift cards from the likes of JB Hi-Fi, Myer and Woolworths, as well as from courier services who collect the cash payments and cash delivery…