POLICE and banks are warning the public to be vigilant and not fall for a phone scam targeting bank customers, including several in the Foster area.
The scam involves people being phoned by someone claiming to represent the Office of Fair Trading within the Department of Justice. The caller asks for personal information and account details from the customer, in a bid to profit from publicity surrounding a class action on bank fees. The customer is promised a payout of approximately $8,000, which would only be awarded after they paid a 10% ‘processing fee’ in order for the government to release the funds.
People are warned to be very careful about providing any personal information over the phone. If they are ever suspicious about any phone calls relating to their banking details they would be best to make enquiries at their local bank branch.