Phone scammers targeting area

CLARENCE Valley residents are being warned by police to be extra vigilant of suspicious phone calls with reports of telephone scammers targeting the mid-North coast area.

According to a police statement, a number of suspicious phone calls have been reported in the Taree area where the caller claims to be from a Government Agency and informs the victim they have been approved for a $4,000 Flood Assistance Grant.

The catch is, the victim is asked to pay a processing or administration fee before the funds can be transferred over to them.

Deputy Commissioner David Owens, State Emergency Operations Controller said anyone who receives a similar call should be careful.

“This is a fraudulent operation and any resident contacted should seek to verify the identity of the caller or Government Department they are claiming to represent,” Deputy Commissioner Owens said.

“It is important that residents do not exchange any personal information, including bank account information to the caller.”

Deputy Commissioner Owens also said while there were grant schemes for those affected by natural disasters, government departments will always provide identification and do not require any payment or processing fee.

Anyone who receives a call they believe is a scam should contact their local police station.
 



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