Scammers Use Crypto ATMs To Dupe Victims
October 8, 2018 3:45 pm
There have been numerous cryptocurrency scams taking place in Australia. It is reported that the perpetrators have been asking crypto holders to deposit funds from nearby digital currency ATMs. Reports say that the criminals are targeting newly-arrived migrants. Because these migrants are not familiar with navigating the foreign system of taxation.
U.K.’s Daily Mail newspaper reported that there have already been four Australian crypto ATM scams till now. The scammed ATM centers are based in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs. The fraudsters contacted victims with a request for outstanding taxes. The victims were asked to deposit a certain amount of Bitcoins to an unknown Bitcoin address using nearby crypto ATMs.
Victims pay funds expecting that the money would reach the tax authority. These victims do not know that they are being scammed and they end up losing their Bitcoins. The police said that there might be more people affected by this scam but have chosen not to report the incident.
According to police, most of these victims worry about paying taxes on time. They think that if they don’t pay taxes on time, their immigrant status in the country might get threatened or their Visa may be canceled.
None of the governments would ask citizens to deposit tax money into an ATM. Sergeant Katherine Lehpamer, a police officer, spoke about these scams.
The detective said:
“Anyone getting a call along these lines should make inquiries with the relevant authority before paying any money or giving any banking or personal details over the phone.”
Taxes in Australia cannot be paid using Cryptocurrencies. Citizens were notified by the authorities about these kinds of scams. The police officer asked individuals always to double-check any such calls or texts. The police also asked them not to deposit money to scammers posing as government officials