Woman gives cold caller slip
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.