Scam warning: Callers claim ‘arrest warrant’ for tax fraud

A WOLLONGBAR man is reeling after receiving a mysterious phone call saying there was a warrant out for his arrest and that his house was under surveillance.

The man - who did not want to be named - said the caller explained he was from the Commonwealth Department of Public Prosecutions.

"He said I would be arrested, that my house was being watched," he said.

"They told me I was being prosecuted for tax fraud and gave me a phone number to ring."

But it's all part of an elaborate scam in the lead-up to tax time.

It is currently being investigated by the Australian Federal Police.

SCAMwatch has issued a warning, saying scammers are falsely claiming to be from the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions or Australian Tax Office.

"Scammers have recently been calling Australians telling them that there is a warrant out for their arrest," a spokesperson said.

"Many people have reported to SCAMwatch that messages have been recorded on their answering machines asking them to call back later.

"They ask you to call during office hours to discuss the matter further.

"However, the telephone number has no connection with the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, Australian Taxation Office or any other state or Commonwealth department.

"The scammers may spin a range of stories about why an arrest warrant has been issued, including that you have failed to pay taxes.

"Be on guard, if you receive a phone call from someone saying you have an arrest warrant and asking you to pay a fee, hang up and do not respond."

The Wollongbar resident said he wanted others - particularly older people - to be aware of the issue.

"People need to know about this; it's worrying," he said.

"I cottoned on because they didn't give their name and they didn't ask for a particular person."