07 November, 2014

Scam warning by Seniors Card

Scam warning!

Seniors Card would like to warn of a potential scam currently in operation which is targeting seniors. 
It has been brought to our attention that members of the public have received telephone calls from people claiming to be carrying out a survey for the NSW Office for Ageing. 
They were asked many questions about their status as a home owner. Upon declining to answer these questions the caller lost interest and soon ended the call.
We would like to confirm that the NSW Office for Ageing is not currently carrying out telephone surveys and if you do receive a call from someone claiming this we advise you to terminate the call.
If you are unsure of a callers true identity always terminate the call and call back the organisation on there official telephone number who will be able to confirm the authenticity of the call.

Key tips to avoid telephone scams are:

  • Be very cautious about unsolicited phone calls.
  • Don’t make payments or give your personal details to anyone unless you are sure they are who they say they are.  For example, if someone has called you with an offer you think you might be interested in, don’t hand over any of your personal details in that call.  You can hang up and call the company back, using their official phone number to make sure it is legitimate
  • Consider having your phone number listed on the Do Not Call Register to prevent unsolicited telephone calls.  This may not stop scams altogether as people may still get your number from another source, but it’s a good start.

 If you think you have been scammed, contact the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s ScamWatch.

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