Beware of cheque scam

IT SEEMS not a day goes by in the Clarence Valley without a new scammer having a go.

This time it was Pisey Fisher's turn to get an offer just too good to be true.

Mr Fischer received an unsolicited phone call from a professional-sounding woman who explained in detail how he had been overcharged $10-$20 each time he had paid a bill with his savings card.

This had been going on for several years and Mr Fischer was now entitled to $4520. But this amount would be sent only after he paid a fee of $199.

Mr Fischer was assured the cheque with his name on it was written up, signed, sitting in front of the caller, and all ready to be sent to him.

“There was just one problem. They said they couldn't take what I owed them out of the cheque amount. This didn't make any sense to me.

“They were also very keen for me to make an electronic transfer, and when I wouldn't do this they told me to make a cash transfer via Western Union,” he said.

Any lingering doubts Mr Fischer had were put to rest by his solicitor who advised it was indeed a scam and to leave it well alone.

"Contact numbers left by the unknown caller continue to go unanswered," he said.



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