Phone scammer warning and advice

Phone scammer warning and advice

 

Phone scammer warning and advice

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A phone scammer purporting to be from a telecommunications company got a shock recently when they rang Cleveland Police Station to inform them that the call receiver that their computer had caught a virus that needed ‘urgent action’.

The scammer was so busy reading from their script that they failed to hear the officer explain that he had rung a police station.

After a time of the person explaining how dangerous the alleged virus was, police again explained that they had called a police station before the scammer eventually asked for money before hanging up.

Members of the community are reminded that telecommunications companies do not conduct remote virus scans of your computers or devices.

They also do not ring people and ask for money to fix a problem over the phone.

To spot a scammer, listen for a delay. It is noted that scammer calls are often delayed due to being international calls or via the internet.

The scammer’s number displayed on your phone is also often falsified, (called spoofing) and is not displaying the actual number of the caller.

The caller may have a foreign accent and may read from script during the call to invoke a panicked response from you and ultimately encourage people to want to pay them to fix the perceived problem.

The best thing to do is to hang up.

To learn more about scams, please visit https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/  and R U In Control.

Remember, you can report scams through A.C.O.R.N. (Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network) here.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink by providing information using the online suspicious activity form 24hrs per day at www.police.qld.gov.au/reporting.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

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