DO RE­SEARCH TO BEAT SCAM­MERS

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

OUR house­hold has been the tar­get of scam­mers in the past cou­ple of weeks. They have left threat­en­ing mes­sages on the an­swer­ing ser­vice three times, telling us we were be­ing sued by the tax depart­ment and lo­cal po­lice were ready to ar­rest us if we did not re­turn their call im­me­di­ately. The caller gave a name of ‘Ja­son Mathews’ and said he was from Mel­bourne. He had a strong ac­cent. He also left a mo­bile num­ber for us to call. My wife wanted to call and give Mr Mathews a bit of his own medicine – and be­lieve me, she can be pretty threat­en­ing – but I did not want to waste the time or money to re­spond. It made me an­gry, but also wor­ried for more vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple, who could be ma­nip­u­lated by this nasty ruse. If you get any phone calls that cause con­cern, ring the Depart­ment of Com­merce or check the web­site www.scamnet.wa.gov.au be­fore you take any ac­tion.

- Rick Lee - Editor

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