Telstra phone scam warning
RICHMOND Local Area Command is reminding the public to be aware of common phone scams after a string of reports to police. In a post on Facebook, police said another Northern Rivers resident had fallen for a phone scam. “I spoke to a lady at a fraud seminar who told me she had a call from someone pretending to be from Telstra on Monday night, claiming she had a virus on her computer. The lady was talked into sending about $3000 to the overseas scammer,” Richmond LAC’s post read. Police said people were still falling for it despite it being a common scam, and have issued some points to remember:
Telstra will never call you to say you have a virus on your computer.
Telstra will never ask you to install programs on to your computer.
Telstra will never demand payment via Western Union or iTunes cards. Richmond LAC said anyone who receives a scam call should hang up on the caller immediately.