Scam caller had a lot of info

GLADSTONE man Richard Brumby thought his financial woes would be eased when someone from the Australian Government rang to tell him he was owed $4851 in bank fees.

Richard, who had just had an operation, thought the money could pay for his medical bills but the more questions he asked the more he realised someone was trying to scam him.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) are advising that people are receiving telephone calls from people claiming to work for government organisations. The scammers claim they are checking whether banks are overcharging customers and that your bank owes you thousands of dollars.

Richard was told his bank owed him fees and if he went to a post office and payed $224 to a Western Union account a Fedex courier would turn up at his door within three hours with a cheque.

“I didn't realise it was a scam straight away as it sounded legit and they had a lot of my personal information,” Richard said.

If anyone in Gladstone receives this call do not give out any personal information and report the scam to the ACCC and police.

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