Phone scammers target Mackay residents again
MACKAY police are yet again warning residents to stay vigilant in the wake of a slew of phone scams across the region.
The latest incident, said Senior Constable Steve Smith, involved a scam caller pretending to be a representative of a telecommunications company when they phoned a resident last Thursday.
The resident who received the call was told there was a technical issue with their internet router which needed immediate attention.
Persuaded to download a program onto their computer system, the scammer was able to then convince the resident to fork out money for repairs.
The program which was downloaded allowed the capture of the payment details, and resulted in the loss of a substantial amount of money.
Police were informed that the scammer had remote access to the system for a period of almost two hours.
“On the morning of September 14, the victim was contacted by their financial institution advising of the loss from their online banking account,” Snr Const Smith added.
Visit scamwatch.gov.au for details about scams.