Over-65s warned about NBN scam

Kyabram Free Press - - NEWS -

SCAMMERS are now pre­tend­ing to be em­ploy­ees of the National Broad­band Net­work in an ef­fort to con vic­tims out of money and per­sonal in­for­ma­tion, the Aus­tralian Com­pe­ti­tion and Con­sumer Com­mis­sion has con­firmed.

Aus­tralians over 65 are par­tic­u­larly at risk, as fraud­sters use phone calls to tar­get their vic­tims, sign­ing them up to fake ac­counts, gain­ing re­mote ac­cess to com­put­ers, and steal­ing per­sonal in­for­ma­tion such as identity, ad­dresses and Medi­care and li­cence num­bers.

ACCC deputy chair Delia Rickard said scammers were in­creas­ingly us­ing gov­ern­ment brands to trick peo­ple.

She said if a stranger asked to pay for a ser­vice us­ing an iTunes gift card, it was a scam. ‘‘Their goal is al­ways to ei­ther get hold of your money or per­sonal in­for­ma­tion,’’ Ms Rickard said.

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