Phone scam­mers tar­get Mackay res­i­dents again

Daily Mercury - - NEWS -

MACKAY po­lice are yet again warn­ing res­i­dents to stay vig­i­lant in the wake of a slew of phone scams across the re­gion.

The lat­est in­ci­dent, said Se­nior Con­sta­ble Steve Smith, in­volved a scam caller pre­tend­ing to be a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of a telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions com­pany when they phoned a res­i­dent last Thurs­day.

The res­i­dent who re­ceived the call was told there was a tech­ni­cal is­sue with their in­ter­net router which needed im­me­di­ate at­ten­tion.

Per­suaded to down­load a pro­gram onto their com­puter sys­tem, the scam­mer was able to then con­vince the res­i­dent to fork out money for re­pairs.

The pro­gram which was down­loaded al­lowed the cap­ture of the pay­ment de­tails, and re­sulted in the loss of a sub­stan­tial amount of money.

Po­lice were in­formed that the scam­mer had re­mote ac­cess to the sys­tem for a pe­riod of al­most two hours.

“On the morn­ing of Septem­ber 14, the vic­tim was con­tacted by their fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tion ad­vis­ing of the loss from their on­line bank­ing ac­count,” Snr Const Smith added.

Visit scamwatch.gov.au for de­tails about scams.

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