A man who allegedly impersonated a Victoria Police officer in an attempted tax scam is on the run.
A man has allegedly impersonated a police officer to try to scam a Victorian woman out of all her savings.
Police said the 23-year-old woman received a phone call from a person claiming there was an issue with her tax about 12.30pm on February 19.
A police spokesman said she was allegedly instructed to withdraw “all her funds” and hand them over or she would be arrested.
He said the woman then received a follow-up call from a cloned police station number from a person allegedly impersonating an officer.
After further correspondence, a man attended the woman’s address in Lucas, in Ballarat’s eastern suburbs, to collect her money about 4.10pm.
But when he arrived the woman became suspicious and took a photo of the man on her phone.
Police said he then left the scene empty-handed.
Ballarat crime investigation unit detectives have released an image of a man they believe will be able to assist their investigation.
He was wearing a grey shirt, blue jeans, a black and grey cap and blue face mask.
Police said if a person receives a phone call requesting personal information or payment from a person representing themselves from a law enforcement or government agency they should:
- Request a reference number and call back the institution to confirm via a publicly listed number on that organisation’s website or via a directory, or;
- Do not respond to the request and hang up.
Police urge people who have lost money as a result of this type of scam to report it to their local police station or via the Scamwatch website.
Anyone who recognises the man or with information has been urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Cops probe impersonator over tax scam