Scam warn­ing

Childers po­lice warn res­i­dents to be­wary of scams as lo­cal woman loses hun­dreds

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

IF IT looks too good to be true, it prob­a­bly is.

That is the mes­sage Childers po­lice Sergeant Ge­off Fay wants ev­ery­one to un­der­stand after a spike in re­cent scam ac­tiv­ity.

A lo­cal woman, who spoke on the con­di­tion of anonymity, said she had lost hun­dreds of dol­lars to a sup­ple­ments company called Garcinium.

She said she regis­tered for a free trial of weight-loss items through the company and sur­ren­dered credit card de­tails dur­ing the trans­ac­tion.

“It’s got all th­ese well-known peo­ple ad­ver­tis­ing it say­ing they used the prod­uct,” she said.

“It sounded good as it’s easy enough to get sucked in when you are re­ally try­ing to lose weight.

“You get the free trial but they keep charg­ing my ac­count and send­ing more out. It’s all bull.”

In ad­di­tion to Garcinium, Aus­tralia Post warned cus­tomers about an “email scam” last week, while Isis Town & Coun­try re­ceived an email from an ad­dress pur­port­ing to be FedEx.

The Aus­tralia Post scam ad­vised re­cip­i­ents that a “courier” was “un­able to de­liver a par­cel to their ad­dress”, be­fore re­quest­ing

Sergeant Ge­off Fay It is nearly im­pos­si­ble for me to be able to do any­thing where the company is over­seas.

users to open an at­tach­ment to re­view per­sonal de­tails.

The FedEx email con­tained an at­tach­ment named “Pack­age De­liv­ery”.

Sgt Fay said it was not of­ten he came across scams.

After he re­ceived the re­port he con­tacted Isis Town & Coun­try to ask lo­cals to take more care when on­line and to make sure peo­ple only dealt with “le­git­i­mate busi­nesses”.

“There’s noth­ing we can do about it,” he said.

“If it had come from Her­vey Bay, I can help. If it’s some­where like Orange in New South Wales, then it’s NSW Po­lice. It is nearly im­pos­si­ble for me to be able to do any­thing where the company is over­seas.”

The woman said she had tried to con­tact Garcinium but phone calls went unan­swered and emails were not re­turned.

She can­celled her credit cards in an at­tempt to stop the trans­ac­tions but said she couldn’t af­ford to close her ac­count.

“I just don’t have the money to do it,” she said.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

BE AWARE: There are sev­eral scam emails and com­pa­nies do­ing the rounds at the mo­ment.

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