In­ter­nal Af­fairs warn­ing over phone scam

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In­ter­nal Af­fairs is warn­ing peo­ple that phone scam­mers, claim­ing to be from the depart­ment, are try­ing to cheat them out of money.

The phoney callers say In­ter­nal Af­fairs is hold­ing bank fee money that can be re­leased by pay­ment of a ‘‘fee’’ or ‘‘tax’’.

In­ter­nal Af­fairs deputy sec­re­tary Craig Ar­mitage said the callers preyed on the vul­ner­a­ble and the depart­ment knew peo­ple had been conned – most re­cently an el­derly woman lost $1000.

‘‘The depart­ment has noth­ing to do with these callers and has re­ported the calls to the po­lice. ‘‘The depart­ment does not hold bank fees for any­one or ring peo­ple of­fer­ing money for a fee,’’ he said.

‘‘The callers are quite per­sis­tent and in some cases re­fer to the vic­tim’s date of birth and who they bank with. They’ve also claimed on oc­ca­sions to be act­ing on be­half of In­land Rev­enue.

‘‘Un­for­tu­nately, peo­ple have fallen vic­tim and sent money to the scam­mers via their lo­cal post shop.’’

Any­one who is sus­pi­cious of a call pur­port­ing to be from In­ter­nal Af­fairs can ask for the caller’s name, and ring to con­firm on an In­ter­nal Af­fairs num­ber pub­lished in the White Pages or on the depart­ment’s of­fi­cial web­site un­der ‘‘ gen­eral en­quiries’’ – 495 7200.

Any­one who re­ceives such a call should also con­tact their lo­cal po­lice, and ask that they for­ward their state­ments to the of­fi­cer in­ves­ti­gat­ing this scam, quot­ing the case file num­ber 100827/0843.

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