Police warn a phone scam is targeting Wellington, Dubbo

Police have issued a warning about a phone scam targeting people in the Wellington and Dubbo regions.

A number of residents have contacted police about having received a call from a person purporting to be from either the Australian Tax Office or Centrelink, Orana Local Area Command reports.

The caller then informs the resident that they have a tax debt or have been overpaid by Centrelink and are then instructed they can clear their debt by purchasing iTunes card to the equivalent amount.

The resident is then instructed to call back and supply the PIN on the iTunes card.

“This is a scam - the ATO or Centrelink do not operate in this manner,” Inspector Dan Skelly said.

“Unfortunately a number of residents in Dubbo and Wellington have fallen for the scam and are now out of pocket, some for large amounts of money.”

Anyone who has fallen for the scam and paid out for an iTunes card and then divulged the PIN to the scammers is encouraged to report the matter to police.

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