The Australian Tax Service issued a warning for residents of the country, in which it reported on persons posing as employees of the agency and demanding payment of tax debts in bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies. This writes news.com.au.
According to Assistant Commissioner of the Service Kat Anderson, until the fraud is not wide-ranging. According to their estimates, the damage from the actions of intruders to date is about $ 50,000 in the cryptocurrency.
Scammers contact the victims by phone, after which they are asked to pay through one of the bitcoins-terminals, the number of which in Australia has recently increased significantly.
At the same time, tax officials urge citizens not to forget on time to make payments to the state treasury in accordance with the requirements of the law.
“Most people are aware of their tax debts. If you do not expect a call from the tax, this is a cause for concern,” Anderson said. “The best thing you can do is hang up and call a special number to find out whether you’ve been talking to the cheater or not.”
Previously, similar cases were reported in Canada.