Police Hunt Fake AFP Officers Behind Tax Debt Scam

Police are searching for two men who pretended to be Australian Federal Police officers to steal money from a man, after telling him he had a large tax debt.

The victim received a phone call, which went to voicemail at around 3pm on Monday. The caller left a message telling him he has a tax debt, and a warrant had been issued for his arrest if he didn't pay.

Suspecting a scam, the victim called the number back but terminated the call without providing any personal details.

Just half an hour later, two men dressed as Australian Federal Police officers arrived at his Salisbury Downs home, north of Adelaide. They were wearing blue jackets that read "Federal Police" and told him they were police officers, here to collect his tax debt.

The pair even produced an EFTPOS machine collect the money.

Still unconvinced, the victim challenged them to produce ID, and they ran from the scene without collecting any payment.

The men were impersonating Australian Federal Police officers. Image: Getty

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He called the Australian Taxation Office to confirm he did not have an outstanding debt - and then reported the incident to SA Police.

The suspects are described as of Indian subcontinental and Asian appearance, one aged in his late twenties, and the other in his forties with an American accent.

Police are reminding the public not to provide personal details or financial information to anyone who can't verify their identity.

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