Man foils phone scam

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - By NICKI DAVIDSON

Lis­ten­ing to his in­stinct helped a Mata­mata man avoid los­ing po­ten­tially thou­sands of dol­lars in a phone scam that is cur­rently be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by po­lice.

The man, who pre­ferred not to be named, said he felt wary as soon as some­one called ‘‘ Mr Jack’’ phoned him, claim­ing to be ring­ing on be­half of the Depart­ment of In­ter­nal Af­fairs.

‘‘He talked about banks over­charg­ing on credit card fees and that they were do­ing a sur­vey. He said a cheque for over $3000 was on the way, and then read out the cheque num­ber.’’ A seem­ingly rea­son­able start but then the con­ver­sa­tion changed.

‘‘He told me to get the money I had to ring his su­per­vi­sor in Auck­land to con­firm, so I did but then that per­son started talk­ing about me pay­ing them a fee of $254 for the work they had done and ask­ing how I was go­ing to pay it.’’ Hang­ing up, the man headed straight to the po­lice sta­tion to re­port what had hap­pened and while there was phoned again by the scam­mers, this time from a lower North Is­land area code.

‘‘ I was lucky in that they weren’t re­ally be­liev­able, they called me by my nick­name which the govern­ment wouldn’t do but they are ob­vi­ously do­ing a bit of re­search be­fore they call and get­ting the names from some­where.’’

Sergeant David Hall from the Western Waikato Po­lice says a num­ber of com­plaints have been re­ceived about this par­tic­u­lar scam.

‘‘It would ap­pear that a num­ber of the vic­tims have obliged by pay­ing the fee or pro­vid­ing their per­sonal ac­count de­tails only to dis­cover their ac­count has been deb­ited rather than cred­ited.’’

Mr Hall warns that po­lice in­quiries in con­junc­tion with the DIA have es­tab­lished the fraud­u­lent na­ture of it.

‘‘Both de­part­ments ad­vise that peo­ple who re­ceive such calls should con­tact po­lice to make a com­plaint. This is an­other case of fraud that mem­bers of the pub­lic may un­wit­tingly be­come vic­tims of. Po­lice ad­vise that you should never give your bank ac­count de­tails or pin num­bers to any­one over the phone or on the com­puter via the in­ter­net that you do not know. If in doubt, seek ad­vice from po­lice or call the par­ent com­pany of the per­son mak­ing the request to ver­ify the per­son and or­gan­i­sa­tion’s de­tails.’’

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