Warning on lottery phone scam

POLICE are warning Tweed residents about a telephone scammer who promises a cash prize in return for financial details.

A concerned reader contacted the Tweed Daily News after receiving a suspicious phone call from a woman claiming to be “Cindy from Chasers”.

The woman said she had received a $5000 third prize and proceeded to ask for financial details.

Dubious, the reader questioned the caller, causing her to hang up.

Crime manager Detective Inspector Shane Diehm said to treat these calls cautiously.

“We cannot warn people enough to check the credentials of the callers and not give financial details over the phone,” Det Insp Diehm said.

“If people do receive a call from someone they believe is fraudulent they should record the time of the call and report the details to police.”

The caller may say they are establishing your identity so they can help you “get a prize” or “help them out with a technical glitch”.

This is usually bogus as banks and utility providers do not contact people in this way.



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