PHONE SCAMS ARE ON THE RISE

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Street Watch - - Se­nior Sergeant Paul Trim­ble

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.

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