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Woman hangs up on con

Wednesday, 23rd February, 2011

A local woman received a suspicious call this week and immediately recognised it as a con trick.

The woman, who did not want to be named, contacted the BDT and said that someone had called her to say she was owed $4000 in bank fees.

She said a woman with an accent wanted details such as phone number and names.

This woman then instructed her to contact a supervisor, named Mark Johns, who could provide more details, she said.

"They wanted me to put $190 in their bank account and then a man called Kevin Rogers was going to bring a cheque around," she said.

She said the money could only be given through a commercial money order but the scammers refused to give account details until she had gone to the post office to get the money.

She said they also asked to her send a picture of her driver's licence or passport.

When the crooks phoned again to ask why she had not gone to the post office, she said she confronted them and they hung up.

After some online research the woman said she found that the scam had been reported in Western Australia.

"They were very convincing," she said.

"I had to let someone know. They could target old people. They were so convincing." 

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