Tarneit woman loses $ 8,000 in phone scam; cops release photo of alleged scamster

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By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 23 October 2020: In a bizarre fake phone call, a Taeneit woman lost $ 8,000 and $1,000 in iTunes cards after she was threatened with legal action for outstanding tax debt. The phone call from a person purporting to be from the Australian Taxation Office on 12 June, told to withdraw cash from her account and deposit to another account.

The victim was also instructed to buy the iTunes cards and to supply the card details to a WhatsApp number. The victim complied with all of the instructions.

Investigators believe a man entered a bank in Springvale at about 4.25 pm on 12 June and withdrew all the cash from the nominated account. Further inquiries by police have established that the account had been set up fraudulently.

Police have released images of a man that they believe may be able to assist with their enquires. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit www.crimestoppersvic.com.au, says a Victoria Police media release.

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