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Busy scammers have phones running hot

Thursday, 24th February, 2011

More locals are coming forward with complaints about a telephone con trick More locals are coming forward with complaints about a telephone con trick

More locals are coming forward with complaints about a telephone con trick.

This week a woman told the BDT that she hung up on a woman who rang to tell her she had $4,000 in bank fees owing to her - and that she would get it if only she paid money into the caller's account and sent her bank details as well.

Yesterday police reported that they had received a number of almost identical complaints from locals about phone calls from a someone who tells them that they are owed about $4000 in overcharged bank fees.

"The persons making the calls appear to be speaking with an accent and they tell people to call another phone number to confirm their own identity," said Crime Manager, Detective Inspector Mick Stoltenberg.

He said people are then asked to pay a fee and also to supply personal details relating to such things as bank account numbers.

"This is a perfect opportunity to remind all members of the community that they should be wary when dealing with calls of this nature," DI Stoltenberg said.

"A good rule to run over any possible offer or scam is that if it sounds to good to be true, it more than likely is."

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