AN ECHUCA couple has warned people to beware of a phone scam making the rounds across the twin towns.
‘‘If you receive a phone call from NBN telling you that you have a slow computer with multiple errors, beware,’’ they said.
‘‘The scammers will ask you to download a couple of programs which will give them access to your computer and they can do as they please.
‘‘They offer to move a significant amount of money from NBN into one of your accounts ($1500), showing you your statement supposedly proving that it has been done.’’
The couple said they were asked to buy $1500 worth of iTunes’ cards.
‘‘Needless to say no money is transferred into your account and when you finally check you will see that you are down by the value of the iTunes’ cards which by now are in the scammers hands,’’ they said.
Fortunately the couple were able to stop it before the scammers could take any of their money.
‘‘It was a very close call, others might not be so lucky,’’ they said.
‘‘It’s an inconvenience because we have to get new cards and everything now.
‘‘We couldn’t sleep. We kept waking up and thinking about it.’’
For information, or to report a scam, visit scamwatch.gov.au