Queensland Police issued an urgent warning over the scam.
Queensland Police issued an urgent warning over the scam.

Urgent warning over tax scam

Scammers impersonating Australian Taxation Office officials are using a Queensland Police Service number to dupe victims.

"Criminals are using a practice known as caller ID spoofing - where they manipulate the telephone network to indicate the incoming call is from a different number, in this case a QPS number," police warned on Thursday.

Investigators say it's an alarming development in a long-running scam, where victims are told they owe the tax office or other government departments money.

In a statement, Queensland Police issued an "urgent warning" over the scam.

Detective Superintendent Terry Lawrence from the financial and cyber crime group will give more details in a press conference this afternoon.