Blue Care warns Southern Downs resident of phone scam

BLUE Care has warned Southern Downs residents against giving out personal and financial information over the phone.

The warning followed complaints to Blue Care that someone impersonating one of its workers called clients asking for their bank details.

Blue care's executive director Robyn Batten said although the scams were not successful, she needed to get the warning out to the community.

"The clients knew to end the calls and reported them to our staff immediately, however, it is important all our clients and the wider community are aware of these calls and take all precautions," she said.

"Several clients have been contacted in the past few days in the Wynnum area of Brisbane and now Toowoomba by someone asking for their personal and bank details... If you get a call from someone claiming to be from your bank or any other organisation, don't give them your details.

"Instead, end the call, and then call the organisation in question to check it is really them calling.

"If you think that you've accidentally given out too much information check your bank statements carefully, and if you see anything unusual please contact the police, as well as your bank, credit card provider or super fund immediately."

Blue Care has reported the phone calls to the police and Scamwatch, run by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

Blue Care is one of Australia's leading residential aged care, community care and retirement living providers.

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