Victims give $30,000 to scam which clones phone numbers of Melbourne police stations

A scam in which fraudsters clone the phone numbers of police stations and call people threatening them with arrest has seen two Melbourne victims hand over $30,000.

Police in Victoria are investigating the arrest warrant scam and urging anyone who has been a victim of the scam to make a report.

The scammers have been calling people and a person or voice recording says the individual's tax file number has been used for fraudulent activity.

Police in Victoria are investigating the arrest warrant scam and urging anyone who has been a victim of the scam to make a report.

The call is then transferred to someone pretending to be a police officer, who then threatens to arrest the victim if they do not pay a sum of money.

"The offenders have cloned legitimate police station phone numbers in the course of this offending to deceive victims," a police spokeswoman said.

Two incidents on December 18 saw victims from East Melbourne and Fitzroy hand over more than $30,000.

Anyone who has been the recent victim of the scam is being told to contact police. Those concerned about the legitimacy of a call can contact the ATO on 1800 008 540 or the local police station.

Authorities are also reminding people that if they get a call or email claiming they will be arrested due to a tax debt, they should hang up or delete the email, and not call the number provided in the message.

Anyone with further information that could assist police with their enquiries is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

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