Scam­mers alert

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

PO­LICE re­mind peo­ple to be on the alert for scams fol­low­ing a failed phone-scam at­tempt on a Cairns man last week.

The man re­ceived a call from a woman claim­ing to be from his bank, ad­vis­ing him of an ac­count­ing er­ror and a $5000 dis­crep­ancy be­cause of it.

The man was asked to de­posit money into an­other ac­count to cover an ad­min­is­tra­tion fee to cover the out­stand­ing fees from dis­crep­ancy.

Luck­ily the man re­alised the re­quest was not le­git­i­mate and ended the call, avoid­ing be­ing a tar­get of what po­lice call an ’ad­vanced fee fraud’.

Po­lice said the fraud at­tempt is com­mon and res­i­dents need to be aware sim­i­lar scams can oc­cur, for more in­for­ma­tion visit www. scamwatch.gov.au

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