Warn­ing against NBN scams

North West Telegraph - - Telegraph News - Tay­lar Amonini

Com­mu­nity mem­bers are be­ing warned of an in­creas­ing num­ber of scam­mers im­per­son­at­ing Na­tional Broad­band Net­work em­ploy­ees.

With one in two Aus­tralian premises now able to con­nect to the NBN, scam­mers are in­creas­ingly tak­ing the op­por­tu­nity to im­per­son­ate nbn Co em­ploy­ees and take ad­van­tage of con­sumers, ac­cord­ing to the net­work giant.

The warn­ings come as the Pil­bara-wide roll-out of the net­work be­gins in the Port Hed­land area.

Nbn chief se­cu­rity of­fi­cer Dar­ren Kane said the net­work giant would never make un­so­licited calls or door­knock to sell broad­band ser­vices. “Nbn is the com­pany build­ing and op­er­at­ing Aus­tralia’s whole­sale broad­band net­work and as a whole­sale-only com­pany, we do not sell broad­band pack­ages di­rectly to con­sumers,” he said.

“There are times when nbn may con­tact you di­rectly as part of the net­work roll-out but this will never be to sell you a ser­vice.”

Mr Kane urged cus­tomers to pro­tect their per­sonal in­for­ma­tion by be­ing on guard, verifying who they were talking to and mak­ing an in­formed de­ci­sion be­fore sign­ing up to the NBN.

If you think you have been a vic­tim, im­me­di­ately re­port the scam to your bank or fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tion or by call­ing 1300 795 995.

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion can be found at scamwatch.gov.au.

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