Internal Affairs warning over phone scam
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.