New bank scam hits Southern Downs residents

SCAMMERS are again trying to hit the Southern Downs, with promises of a $5000 government payment in exchange for bank details.

Callers are assuring their potential victims the hefty sum as soon as they receive details of bank accounts.

The scammers may also be privy to personal information, including name, address and Centrelink customer reference number.

Member for Maranoa Bruce Scott is alarmed the scammers are using the region's phonebook as a tool for their next pay packet.

"Telephone scammers are on the prowl and are targeting the Southern Downs region at the moment alleging the Federal Government wants to pay you more than $5000 and all you have to do is tell them your bank account details," Mr Scott said.

"If you get this phone call, don't do it. Hang up the phone.

"Please don't disclose your bank account details over the phone.

"Scam artists deal in dishonesty, that's their trade so they might try to trick you by using your full name or quoting your address."

Mr Scott said he had one piece of advice who may find themselves on the receiving end of one of these calls.

"Remember my golden rule: If it sounds too good to be true - it probably is," he said.

For more information on scams and staying savvy online, phone 1800 753 178 or visit http://www.staysmartonline.gov.au.



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