Sergeant Dale Simm of Rochester police is warning the public to be wary of phone calls offering all sorts of great prizes.GRAHAM WILLIS July 30, 2014 3:33am
Rochester and district residents are being targeted by scammers.
The callers ring people to inform them they have won free flights, of bank underpayments and the need to update their computers.
Sergeant Dale Simm of Rochester police said scammers were well organised and the public needed to be wary of callers with great promises.
One reporter informed a resident of their good fortune in winning a free flight with Virgin airlines.
The caller then asked for personal details, including credit card information, but a call to Virgin informed the person no such promotions were being run.
Another resident received a call claiming her account at a certain bank had been underpaid and if details of the account were provided, the funds would be restored.
‘‘I did not have an account with the bank and when I told the caller this, they hung up immediately,’’ the resident said.
‘‘It was strange they were talking about my so-called account, but didn’t have the account number.’’
The third report related to a caller claiming to be from Microsoft.
The caller said the person’s computer needed an upgrade which they could do if the person logged onto a certain address.
The scam allows that person to lift every personal detail off the computer, including bank or financial records.
‘‘Don’t respond to suspicious emails, letters, house visits, phone calls or sms messages,’’ Sgt Simm said.
‘‘Delete them, throw them out, shut the door or just hang up.
‘‘And never send money to someone you don’t know or trust, and never give bank account details to anyone.
‘‘Remember if something sounds too good to be true, it usually is.’’
Residents are urged to spread the word about scams and report it to SCAMwatch, www.samwatch.gov.au
A booklet dealing with scams, The Little Black Book of Scams is available at Rochester police station.
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