Resident warns locals of potential new scam

A Maryborough resident is warning the community of a new scam after receiving a suspicious phone call from a company claiming to work for Telstra.

The resident, who does not wish to be identified, said she recently received a call from a person claiming to be from Telstra.

“They called my mobile and were telling me that I was paying too much for my phone plan and that they could upgrade it for me,” she said.

“I told them I was happy with the plan I have and I knew Telstra didn’t just call people out of the blue, especially to tell me I’m paying too much for a plan. They said they were calling on behalf of Telstra.”

The resident hung up and immediately called the real Telstra company, who said there was no record of their employees contacting her and that it was likely a scam.

Maryborough Police First Constable Sam Gale said while police haven’t been alerted to this, scams are common in the area and that it’s always best to be cautious.

“Be wary of phone calls and don’t give out your personal details over the phone,” he said.

To report a scam or for more information on spotting scams visit www.scamwatch.gov.au or contact your local police station.

For more on this story see Page 7 of The Advertiser, Friday, May 22

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