A Ballendella man says he was close to being the victim of a telephone scam recently and wants to warn others in the area about it.By Elaine Cooney
A Ballendella resident wants to alert other district residents about a telephone scam in the area.
He said he recently received a phone call from a man with a foreign accent posing as a Telstra call centre worker asking him to pay his overdue bill.
As the man admitted he sometimes forgot to pay his bills, he believed this could have been the case.
The caller said his bill was due to be paid on January 15 and unless he gave his credit card details over the phone. he would be disconnected immediately.
‘‘Everything fitted into place,’’ he said.
He said the caller became quite forceful insisting the bill was paid straight away.
He was wary about giving his credit card details over the phone, so told the caller he would call back when he checked his bill.
When he returned home, he realised his bill was paid on January 10 and called Telstra to ask about the phone call.
He said he was told that a call was not made from the Telstra centre and his bill had been recognised as paid in their systems.
A spokesperson from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said the organisation was aware of similar scams.
He said a widespread scam is a caller posing as a consultant from the tax office offering a tax return in return for a minimal payment.
He said another was a caller posing as a bank official claiming the bank overcharged the customer a bank fee and wished to clarify bank details in order for the fee to be refunded.
The ACCC gave the following tips for dealing with a suspicious phone call:
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