Two scams to avoid

Scammers are always looking for new ways to fleece money from the unsuspecting public. This week alone there are two clever scams of which YOURLifeChoices has been made aware.

Bank charge refund

Banks customers have reported being called by their bank’s head office with the promise of a refund of account holding fees. During the call a PIN number is given to the consumer. During a second call later that day, the customer is asked to reveal the PIN number before being advised they will need to send a money order toIndiato cover a GST charge. The caller has details of account numbers, how long the accounts have been held and the date of birth of the person they are calling. They are also asking for customers to provide driving licence details – all information which can be used for identity fraud. If you receive such a call, you should contact police immediately and advise your bank.

Fake supermarket vouchers

Facebook is being used to spread fake online vouchers for Harvey Norman, Coles and Woolworths. The vouchers have a face value of $400 or $500, and are being used to collect personal information in what is basically a phishing scam. To claim your voucher, you are asked to provide a certain amount of personal information. What makes such a scam believable is the post looks to have been endorsed by a friend and that retailers often have vouchers available on their own pages. If you receive such an offer and are unsure if it’s legitimate, don’t respond. And remember, retailers will never ask for personal information such as bank details.

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