A SPATE of phone hoaxes have hit Frankston residents, with scammers calling people up pretending to be from the Australian Tax Office.
The scammers have been calling from overseas and impersonating ATO workers, and telling people to transfer money from their bank accounts to an account with the Commonwealth Bank.
Police say the callers threaten their victims by telling them there is a warrant out for their arrest.
There have been three reported cases involving locals in the last week, with victims from Frankston and Karingal losing thousands of dollars each.
Frankston CIU Detective Senior Constable Bernie Dowling reminded residents that it is standard ATO practice to “send a letter rather than make a call.” The ATO does not threaten people with arrest.