PHONE SCAMS ARE ON THE RISE
We’ve seen an increase in people being targeted by international phone scammers. The latest is where residents receive a phone call and are told they are talking to the Australian Tax Office or Department of Public Prosecutions. They are told they have an arrest warrant out for their arrest due to unpaid taxes or fines which will only be cleared if paid immediately. They are told to send the money via a wire transfer, which once paid is almost impossible to recover. Other scams include a call from a person who says they are from Microsoft asking for personal details to access your computer and receive payment for them to fix problems they have discovered. No legitimate bank, financial institution, utilities supplier or other company will ever request your personal information over the phone, so never give your personal, credit card or online account details over the phone unless you made the call and the phone number came from a trusted source. If you think you have provided details to a scammer, contact your bank immediately. Report scams via the SCAMwatch website or call 1300 795 995.