Listen to the voicemail you need to delete as soon as you get it

 Be warned, say the Australian Tax Office. Photo: Shutterstock

Be warned, say the Australian Tax Office. Photo: Shutterstock

The public is being warned of a scam reporting to be from the Australian Tax Office which is threatening victims with five years jail.

Some Victorians have reported receiving automated messages from both Canberra and Melbourne-originated numbers warning them of an outgoing tax debt and if they did not pay back immediately they would be arrested.

A police spokesperson said the caller directs them attend their bank and withdraw the owed money, then deposit it in a specific ATM as directed.

Listen to an example of a voicemail here

The tax office said if you were unsure of your tax affairs, such as debts owed, refunds due and lodgments outstanding, you can check your details via the MyGov website or contact your tax agent.

For information on the latest scams police suggest you visit scamwatch.com.au