Police investigate telephone scam

Police are hoping to identify a man after a 41-year-old woman lost over $8000 in a phone scam.

The Tarneit woman received a phone call from a person purporting to be from the Australian Taxation Office on 12 June.

She was threatened with legal action for an outstanding tax debt and told to withdraw cash from her account and deposit $8000 to another account.

The victim was also instructed to buy over $1000 in iTunes cards and to supply the card details to a WhatsApp number.

The victim complied with all of the instructions.

Investigators believe a man entered a bank in Springvale about 4.25pm on 12 June and withdrew all the cash from the nominated account.

Further enquires by police have established that the account had been set up fraudulently.

Police have released images of a man that they believe may be able to assist with their enquires.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

/Public Release. The material in this public release comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here.