Scams: WARNING! WARNING! WARNING!
I have written warning in capitals because I have some very important information to impart with you in relation to scams.
Some of the old scams have returned recently and have targeted the elderly.
So, if you have an elderly parent, friend or neighbour please have a chat with them about the following scam.
The scam starts with a phone call where a person, usually a male, introduces himself as an ATO officer or Telstra employee.
The caller states the victim’s name, then advises the elderly victim that they have a warrant issued for their arrest and to hand themselves over to the nearest police station.
While the victim is extremely upset the scammer attempts to obtain further personal details from the victim.
As I have advised everyone in the past, the ATO and Telstra never contact people and tell them they have warrants.
This scam targets the elderly and aims to upset them to such a degree that they divulge further personal information that may in the future be able to be used for possible identity frauds.
Please have that talk with your elderly friend/relative and advise them to hang up immediately if any of the above conditions exist.
For further information on scams and what scams are trending, get onto the Google Net and type in “Scamwatch”.
You will find this web site very interesting.
As always, in case of an emergency call 000. In non-emergencies call the Policelink on 131 444 or your local police station. To provide anonymous information call Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000. For domestic and family violence information, visit www.police.nsw.gov.au. For Shoalhaven Domestic Violence officers call 4421 9666 or 4421 9665 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t forget, cops are tops.