New South Wales residents are being warned about a new phone scam where the caller pretends to be from the police.
NSW Police Force said the scammers threatened the call recipients with fines or arrest.
Residents of Mount Druitt have been the target and Mount Druitt Police Station’s number was displayed as the caller ID.
“These scams use technology to make it appear that the calls originate from legitimate police phone numbers; a practice, known as ID spoofing,” NSW Police said.
“The caller impersonates a NSW Police Force officer and states that the person receiving the call has an outstanding fine or warrant and demands a form of payment to prevent arrest or further court action”.
The NSW Police Force will never call a member of the public and demand payment over the phone in order to avoid going to court or being arrested.
If you get an unexpected call from someone who states they’re from the police, and starts asking for personal details or threatens you, hang up the phone.
If you’re concerned, you can verify by contacting your local police or the Police Assistance Line directly on 131 444.
To find out more information about scams, or to find out other ways to protect yourself, visit www.scamwatch.gov.au.
If you have been the victim of a scam, you can report it to local police or to the ACCC online at the ‘SCAMwatch report a scam’ page.
You can also visit https://www.cyber.gov.au/acsc/individuals-and-families and https://www.idcare.org/ for ways to protect yourself from scammers.