Survive the scam season

 

IT is scam season – and Queenslanders need to be on a constant look-out for fraudulent emails and phone calls in coming months.

Gladstone Police are urging the community to be aware of phone and email scams that are circulating at the moment.

With recent reports of scams going around it is now vital to protect and educate yourself about the hidden dangers.

Police have said that now is the time to be on the lookout.

“Don't give out personal or bank details over the phone or internet,” they said.

“You also need to ensure that you don't let anybody remotely access your computer.”

Fair Trading minister Peter Lawlor is warning Queenslanders about a phone scam currently involving the impersonations of Fair Trading officers.

“The scammers are targeting bank customers and claiming they are from the Office of Fair Trading,” Mr Lawlor said.

“People who fall victim to scams have very little chance of getting their money back.”

The Queensland Police Service website is full of information on how to protect and identify scams and the do's and don'ts when dealing with a scam artist either over the phone, in person and on the internet.

For more information about scams, visit www.police.qld.gov.au or call Policelink on 131 444.



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