Christina Devillier was conned on the phone. Photo: John Gass / Tweed Daily News
Christina Devillier was conned on the phone. Photo: John Gass / Tweed Daily News John Gass

Don’t fall for fraud call

WELL-travelled pensioner, Christina De Villier, thought she had enough life experience to spot a fraudster.

But the 75-year-old Murwillumbah author was conned, and had $930 stolen from her bank account.

It started last Tuesday when a woman claiming to be from Telstra called Mrs De Villier and claimed her computer had been "hacked".

"After about 15 minutes of computer-speak I told her I was too busy and to call back tomorrow.

"I thought she was genuine, because she said about 10,000 other people had been affected."

The next day the "Telstra" woman phoned again. This time, Mrs De Villier tried to follow her instructions to fix the "hacking" problem.

"There was a long rigmarole about what to do to fix the problem.

"She kept saying, click on this icon and click on something else."

A program called 'Team Viewer' popped up. She was transferred to a "more senior" Indian man who said she would have to pay a $6 service fee to remove the hacking. "I don't usually like to give my visa card number, but I did. That's how I got conned."

Later that night, a banker from Western Union called to say "Gopal Rau" had taken $930 from Mrs De Villier's St George account and tried to move it overseas, where the fraud unit intercepted it.

Mrs De Villier was promised she would be reimbursed the money, but others might not be so lucky.

"If they can con someone like me, it means they can get a lot more with people who are more vulnerable".

When the persistent fraudster phoned again on Thursday, she hung up.



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