Woman gives cold caller slip

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS -

A COLD caller pos­ing as a gov­ern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tive al­most cost a Vic­to­rian woman $200,000 in a bank scam.

The would-be vic­tim, named only as Anita, re­ceived a call from a “gov­ern­ment agency” say­ing her iden­tity had been used to com­mit large-scale fraud and that she could help catch the per­pe­tra­tors by pro­vid­ing re­mote ac­cess to her bank ac­count.

Will­ing to help, Anita mon­i­tored as the “agency” moved funds within her ac­counts, but she be­came sus­pi­cious and con­tacted her lo­cal ANZ branch, where a staff mem­ber con­firmed the re­quests were fraud­u­lent and stopped the trans­ac­tions.

Anita nar­rowly missed be­com­ing one of many vic­tims linked to the bank who lost more than $6.5 mil­lion last sum­mer to scam­mers.

“It’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber your dig­i­tal per­sonal in­for­ma­tion is just as valu­able to a scam­mer as your money, so al­ways be care­ful about the in­for­ma­tion you share on­line,” ANZ chief in­for­ma­tion se­cu­rity of­fi­cer Lyn­wen Con­nick said.

“We urge peo­ple to be screen smart this sum­mer and pro­tect their vir­tual valu­ables.”

Peo­ple who fear they have been tar­geted should con­tact their bank and the ACCC via scamwatch.gov.au.

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