Childers police warn residents to bewary of scams as local woman loses hundreds
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.
BE AWARE: There are several scam emails and companies doing the rounds at the moment.