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Beware of Scammers Imitating Centrelink Officers

December 02, 2015

 

Federal Member for Fowler, Chris Hayes, is warning all residents to beware of scammers who claim to be from the Department of Human Services or Centrelink.

"There are a number of scams doing the rounds at the moment but one of the latest is from people who claim to be from Centrelink and are trying to trick you into handing over your personal details."

"My office isn’t immune from them and we regularly receive calls from different scammers. These people don’t discriminate and will try any means to obtain your personal details," Chris Hayes said.

The caller claims that you are entitled to more money and will attempt to gather as much information as they can about you for identity theft.

"If you receive one of these scam callers, hang up and never give your personal details or credit card or online account details over the phone."

"If you think you have given your details to a scammer, contact your bank or financial institution immediately," Chris Hayes said.

Scams can be reported to the ACCC via Scamwatch on www.scamwatch.gov.au/report-a-scam or by calling 1300 795 995.

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