Beware Of Scammers

Beware Of Scammers

Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams is warning locals to be aware of a new scam targeting Mid North Coast residents.

This latest scam involved people being called on the phone from someone purporting to be representing the Family Assistance Department and stating they are working for a non- Government agency making offers of an outstanding payment.

“In the most recent case that has been brought to my attention, an 86 year old man from Port Macquarie was targeted informing him there was $6,840 outstanding to him from the Department,” Mrs Williams said.

“Despite the caller knowing quite a few personal details about the local man, he became suspicious and hung up the phone before being asked for his bank account details.

“In a blatant move, the scammer even gave the local resident a contact name and phone number of the fake non-government organisation (NGO) if he needed further information. This too is not legitimate,” Mrs Williams said.

“Too often this type of scam involves seniors being asked for banking details to enable funds to be transferred into an account, but obviously the only transferring will be from your account to the scammers!

“If you receive an unsolicited call or email offering money, the best thing to do is hang up the phone or delete the email straight away.

“This is a very serious issue and is becoming all too frequent with similar scams occurring on the North Coast as well as our area,” Mrs Williams said.

If anyone receives a similar offer, they should report it immediately to NSW Fair Trading on 13 32 20 or lodge a complaint to www.scamwatch.gov.au

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