A MOUNT Gambier resident, recently caught out by scammers, is warning others to be wary.
Not wanting to be named, the resident is working with their bank and a local computer technician to ensure no money is missing or computer viruses resulted from the scam telephone encounter.
“I just wanted to let people know that just because we’re in the country doesn’t mean we can’t get scammed – I just want other people to be aware and careful,” the resident said.
“I had had a big day and I was tired when this man rang and he said he was from Telstra and needed to fix some things on my computer.
“It sounded like it was kosher; he was very convincing.
“I felt a bit uneasy but not enough to stop it.
“It was weird as they were very clever; making you change your mind from wanting to say no to then actually saying yes.”
The resident said the telephone call went on for more than an hour when the caller asked for the resident’s cheque account details.
“By this stage I was starting to get suspicious so I told them I couldn’t remember and would go to the bank in the morning to check and then ring them back,” said the resident.
“When I hung up I rang my sons and told them what had happened.
“They told me the bank or Telstra would never phone me; I had been on the phone with a scammer.
“If I wasn’t so exhausted I wouldn’t have fallen for it; I was too tired to think and I am very angry about it.
“I just hope it doesn’t happen to anyone else – hang up immediately if you get a phone call from someone saying they are from Telstra and if they try and ring back, don’t pick up the phone.”
Information on scams can be found on the website, Scamwatch (scamwatch.gov.au) which is run by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and provides information on how to recognise, avoid and report scams.