ANOTHER scam warning has been issued by Chifley Local Area Command (LAC) police officers this week.
In the warning, issued on Chfiley LAC’s Facebook page on Thursday morning, police say a person with a foreign accent has been contacting people via their phone.
Police said a person with an Asian accent, purporting to be from Telstra, rings unsuspecting victims and tells them that hackers have been accessing their account.
“[They] tell victim to go to 7-Eleven and purchase a moneygram and send it to a Chinese bank account number,” the post said.
“The victim does so and is told she will be rewarded for helping to locate the hackers.”
However, police said it was a scam and people will not see their money again.
The post on Chifley LAC’s Facebook page also issued a reminder to the community.
“Please tell your family and friends, that no matter how genuine something sounds, not to engage these criminals and not [to] give out details or send money anywhere,” the post said.
“Tracing these characters is impossible.”
Police have advised people to visit Scamwatch online for more information.
The website is run by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), and provides information to consumers and small businesses about how to recognise, avoid and report scams.
Wednesday’s warning from police
BATHURST police have issued a warning to the community about a telephone scam after a victim lost $1800.
Police say people who sound as if they are Indian or from the subcontinent are contacting residents and telling them their computers are not running effectively.
When they gain the confidence of their victim, they ask for the victim’s bank details.
“In the last reported incident, the victim sent $1800 to a Western Union bank in India at their request,” a police spokesperson said.
The spokesperson said residents should not give out banking details, computer passwords or similar details over the phone or online if there are any concerns about authenticity.
“If in doubt, ring the organisation to confirm legitimacy before disclosing any information,” they said.