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Don’t fall for phone scammers

Don’t fall for phone scammers

When Ms Paddy Carter of Tanunda arrived home last Tuesday morning, she was shocked by a “very urgent” message left on her answering machine.

“It said there was a legal petition laid against me at a district court for tax evasion and that a big fine was involved.

“They claimed they were from the Australian Tax Office, then told me to ring a

New South Wales number to sort it out and ended the message with ‘have a nice day.’”

For a moment Paddy said she was confused by the message, so phoned her financial advisor straight away to ask them about it.

“They phoned the ATO who replied that they don’t use a New South Wales number.”

It was then decided that it had to be a phone scammer.

Paddy said that if she had received the call, she would have asked for something in writing, “I soon realised that any legal Australian Government documents were sent to me through the post as I don’t have an email.”

Despite claiming to be part of the Australian Tax Office Headquarters in Canberra, the scammers provided very vague details.

“I knew that something wasn’t right as they didn’t provide a name, and didn’t mention my name either.

 “You can’t just take the word of somebody on the telephone, in no circumstance would I give a credit card number to anybody I didn’t know, even if they do sound official.”

Not all people are as wary as Paddy, as many still get cheated from their money by phone and Internet scammers.

Nuriootpa Police Sergeant, Michael Casey confirmed this by saying that there is still a surprisingly large number of people that willingly give out their details.

His advice would be to always protect your private information by never giving it out to anybody without authentication.

Paddy said how it can often be difficult to separate all of the calls she receives.

For the full story see this week’s edition of The Leader.