Missed call scam
IF you get a missed call on your mobile phone or landline, be wary of returning the call if the number is not familiar.
A new phone scam known as the 'missed call' scheme is circulating the region.
The hoax relies on phone users returning deliberate missed calls and paying a premium for doing so.
A number of Clarence Valley residents have reported receiving the missed call numbers which often require the receiver to dial a 190 number.
Students from Southern Cross University this week received a letter from the uni's information technology unit warning them of the scam.
"The scams essentially involve variations on replying to missed calls, where a pre-recorded message requests you to ring a premium 190 number, which if dialed, results in a charge of up to $3 per minute," the letter read.
Bogus text messages informing people they have won prizes also have been reported.