Residents warned of new tax scam

NORTH Coast residents have been warned to keep beware of strangers bearing gifts after a new tax scam was discovered at Port Macquarie.

Lyne Independent MP Rob Oakeshott said his electorate office had received several calls from residents who had been contacted by someone offering people a $7000 grant from the Federal Government if they will hand over their account details.

"The bogus caller claims the householder is one of only 1200 people from 10,000 to win such a grant," Mr Oakeshott said.

"In order to claim the grant, locals are being given a number to call, which when phoned is answered by someone with an Indian accent claiming to be from the Australian Taxation Office.

"Another scam urges people to call a phone number to collect $149 from the tax office.

"They are told the money will be wired through Western Union.

"Be very wary and don't give out any of your personal or account details," Mr Oakeshott said.

Anyone concerned about the legitimacy of a phone call which claims to be from the tax office can check with the ATO by calling 13 28 61.

Or call the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission on 1300 795 995.

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