Monto woman twigs to scam
A MONTO resident has been the latest victim in a series of phone scams.
Betty Nowland-Smith received a call last week from a man posing as federal government employee, claiming she had been underpaid.
She immediately advised her bank and was told she was the second person to be targeted in that week in the region.
Ms Nowland-Smith was asked to confirm her identity by the man.
“I was then told I had been underpaid and would be paid the amount $5248,” she said.
“Immediately I sensed there was something not quite right, but I led the caller on and he gave me a reference code and a woman’s phone number to call to receive the payment.
“I never rang the number as it seemed like a trap so I rang ScamWatch and the police who advised me it was a scam.”
Earlier in the week a male French national was arrested and charged with wilful damage and possession of a knife.
Monto Police’s Senior SergeantWerner Crous said the man painted the graffiti tag OSEY at the skate park at Lions Park.
The man will appear at Biloela Magistrates Court on June 17.
Monto Police are also requesting witnesses to come forward regarding burn out marks on Oxley St between the Leichhardt and Stuart St intersections. Phone 4166 1211.