The caller (or automated message) might claim your identity has been used to launder money or traffic drugs. They may provide you with ID numbers and claim to belong to official sounding government departments like the police or tax authorities.
The caller might claim you or someone pretending to be you has opened multiple bank accounts overseas and used them for money laundering.
Perhaps the caller might recite all or part of your tax details to convince you of their authenticity (most likely obtained from data breach leaks posted online).
The caller may claim that your accountant made an error on your last tax return and now you owe some money.
If you have received any of these calls recently – you have been targeted by a scam.
The caller will initiate contact via phone, SMS or email and use many social engineering tactics to appear authentic. In some cases you may receive a robo-call that prompts you to press a number to speak to an operator – or even an SMS with details of your alleged ‘crimes’. The scammers will claim to belong to an official sounding Government departments and although their accent is foreign, will use names like ‘John Wilson’ or ‘Andy Jones’, they might even give you bogus badge numbers or case IDs.
Be vigilant when receiving unsolicited calls where the caller claims to belong to a Government agency or police station. While the number may appear to be legitimate – hang up and make your own independent enquiries. Caller ID spoofing means anyone can appear to be calling from anywhere at anytime. Your own number can even be used to call you.
These callers may often request that you provide a photo of yourself holding your driver licence or passport to verify your identity. You may also be asked to disclose email addresses, phone numbers, residential address or tax details.
If this has happened to you:
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IDCARE has access to the Department of Social Services’ Free Interpreting Service, delivered by the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National). Access to the Free Interpreting Service is provided to assist you to communicate with non-English speaking people who hold a Medicare card. Please note that the service does not extend to New Zealand citizens or residents who do not hold an Australian Medicare card, or to tourists, overseas students or people on temporary work visas.
New Zealand Relay provides services to help Deaf, hearing impaired, speech impaired, Deafblind and standard phone users communicate with their peers.
A TTY user connects to New Zealand Relay via a toll-free number and types their conversation to a Relay Assistant (RA) who then reads out the typed message to a standard phone user (hearing person).
The RA relays the hearing person's spoken words by typing them back to the Textphone (TTY) User.
The National Relay Service (NRS) is an Australian government initiative that allows people who are deaf, hard of hearing and/or have a speech impairment to make and receive phone calls.
The NRS is available 24 hours a day, every day and relays more than a million calls each year throughout Australia.
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