POLICE are urging members of the community to be on the lookout for taxation scams following an increase in people being targeted around the state.
NSW Police Force Fraud and Cybercrime Squad commander Detective Superintendent Arthur Katsogiannis said fraudsters were contacting people by phone.
"These scam artists will call people on their landline telephone or mobile and claim they work for the Australian Tax Office," he said.
"They tell the person they have an outstanding tax debt and that if they don't pay up quickly they will be arrested, taken to court and fined thousands of dollars.
"The victim is told to make a payment via the post office to avoid prosecution; by all accounts the offenders are quite convincing."
There have been 80 reported incidents across the state, with the actual number expected to be a lot higher.