Elderly urged to watch for fraud

WARWICK residents are being forced to remain wary of phone callers, with more reports of hoax calls emerging.

Elderly persons especially are being urged to remain vigilant, as persons claiming to be from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) or Early Education Department (EDU) are scamming unsuspecting residents.

One Warwick resident said she had a call from a supposed ATO representative, who informed her she was randomly selected to receive $7000.

“They knew my first name but didn't say my last name,” she said.

“I told them I'm sorry but I don't believe you – this is a fraudulent call and you're after my account details.

“Straight away they hung up.”

The woman said she wanted to warn others who may believe the scam.

“I received one this week and one about three weeks ago.

“I'm just worried about someone who may take it seriously and give their bank details out,” she said.

Warwick residents are advised not to give any private details over the phone, including bank details or home addresses.



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