The ACCC have advised how to avoid calls from fraudsters, who claim they are from the Border Force, in a new scam that has cost Australians more than $120,000 this year.
Australians have been warned to be cautious when receiving any unknown calls as thousands fall victim to a new scam.
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission-run website (ACCC) have received close to 5,000 complaints over a scam that involved a person claiming to be an officer from the Border Force.
The scam has swindled $121,800 out of residents.
The victims of the scam hear a voice message that alerts them to a parcel under their name being seized for supposedly containing illegal components.
The message later says an arrest warrant had been issued and to press “one” if they wanted to speak to an officer.
But the ACCC have warned Aussies to “hang up immediately”.
“Once the individual dialled “one”, “(the scammers) would ask the reporter (victim) to google their local Australian Federal Police phone number and (they had) called the reporter from that number through spoofing”, the spokesperson explained to 7News.
“Scammers would then get the victim to share bank account details, driving licence, passport, and a photo of reporter holding the licence. With these details, scammers can compromise the victim’s identity, with the photo being useful to pass a variety of institutions’ Know Your Customer checks.”
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