Indian (or similarly accented person) "Eric Foster" doing the ATO tax fraud scam with a recorded message.
I called back, to be told by the same guy that "Eric" was not available, but that he, "James Anderson", would handle the case. He said I had committed tax fraud and threatened lawsuits and jail time courtesy of the Federal Police. When I said, "bring it on", he said he was signing the necessary papers and hung up.
Left a very threatening message on my 96 year-old mother's phone saying there was "a file opened against you and you will face harsh legal consequences". Told to call Eric Foster and signed off saying "have a blessed day"....that's a real give away that he is probably in Nigeria! No one in Australia or certainly not a professional person says that! This must be the new scam for 2017. A recorded message was left on my answering machine threatening me with legal action. Yeah yeah sure.... Same as above.
They went on to say I had to go to Coles or Woolworths and buy $2000 worth of Apple iTunes cards to settle my tax debt!!!
Similar to others, had a recorded message from "Eric Foster" a guy with an Indian accent supposedly from ATO requesting I call back to discuss serious matter. Obviously I did not call back but you can bet it is a SCAM indian accent...tax scam..very convincing and could get vulnerable people ripped off Same as the above. A Scam. Had call from Eric Foster ( Good Indian Name) from tax office as above. Eric Foster (Indian accent) from ATO (scam) try blocking the number but they used another number to call... reported to ATO about these numbers similar to others, had a call from a guy with an indian accent supposedly ATO and saying that i had a debt (which i do) and that if i get money from family members or out of my superannuation to call him and he can give me a discount. also said not to tell me anyone why i needed the money. Knew it was a scam right away. when i asked for his name and employee number he gave me some numbers and even a warrant number which i knew then it was rubbish as i dont have a warrent against me. Just received this too... I like how they mentioned that a serious lawsuit against my name, but didn't mention my name. A recorded voice stating that an ATO investigation was underway and that to avoid legal costs I would have to return his call. Is this Asian voice so incredulous that he thinks anyone would believe or his spiel. I have the same problem this problem. I got a call from this number and I spoke to Eric Foster asking me to pay outstanding tax due otherwise he will proceed to file awaarent against. I tried to get more information, he refused. I reported him to taxation office and they will take action. Meantime ATO asked me to hang up on this number should they ring again. I had the same as above. Got a message from Eric Foster - supposedly from the ATO claiming an investigation is happening and arrest warrant will be issued etc. Asian or indian accent.
Total scam. Have receive similar calls using different number - also claiming similar threats from Eric Foster.
He at least said "God bless and have a nice day?!"
ATO scam line Rec'd automated call from the "Australian Tax Office". Asian voice on the recording. I didn't wait to see what it said I just hung up. Put it down to scam. A prerecorded voice with an Indian accent claiming to be from the ATO and trying to scam you out of your money. Indian/Filipino voice telling you that there is a serious lawsuit against your name. Just scammers.
7 complaints this year
18 total complaints
Australian Hearing on (08) 8383 8800
I called back number (08) 8383 8800 reached IVR for the Australian Hearing.
Central West NSW... on 0437 873 910
I created an account online with Australia Post 2 days ago and within 1hr and over the last 48hrs...
Anonymous on (08) 6102 4581
scam about a recent car accident. Hung up when I said it was a scam
I Called Back on 0402 037 961
I called back number 0402 037 961 rang once then gets disconnected automatically.
Sunshine Hospital on (03) 8345 0522
I called back number (03) 8345 0522 spoke to a woman who said company name is Sunshine Hospital.