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Now the scammers are going overtime with their phony phone calls

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July 10, 2017

TWO Echuca women have warned of separate scams doing the rounds across the town.

TWO Echuca women have warned of separate scams doing the rounds across the town.

One woman, Allison Taylor, was at her parent’s home (Kaye and Greg Taylor) when the landline rang and a man said there was ‘‘suspicious movement’’ with the internet.

But her parents don’t have internet.

Allison decided to humour the man, who asked her to download a program, which gives people remote access to your computer.

She talked to several men asking her to click the download button. But she didn’t and hung up.

‘‘They said they were from Telstra which could sound legitimate with everything that is going on with NBN,’’ Allison said.

In 2014 SCAMwatch and Telstra warned consumers to hang up if they receive a call from someone claiming there was a problem with their internet connection or computer. The caller claimed that they were able to fix the problem on the spot but a fee for the service would need to be paid and the person would also need to download software allowing the caller remote access to their computer. Another woman, who did not want to be named, received a call from a person saying they were from Victoria’s State Revenue Office on Friday. The person said she would get $150 to attend a Melbourne seminar.

Assuming the next question would be ‘bank account details?’ the woman ended the call.

For scam news, or to report one, go to scamwatch.gov.au

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