Bank cards targeted in sophisticated phone scam.
A spokesperson from South West Credit is warning local residents of a sophisticated scam that is currently circulating.
The scare tactic begins with the victim receiving a phone call informing them there has been a large suspicious transaction debited on their card.
The scammer proceeds to relay the victim’s personal details to them including their full name, address and the last 4 digits on their bank card. They ask the victim to repeat the full card number and expiry back to them to verify their details. If this was a legitimate call from your bank, they would not ask for your card details over the phone.
If you receive a phone call like this from an unknown number, or from a number outside of your area. The best option is to hang up.
If you are unsure about the call, contact your financial institution directly.
Do not call a number provided by the scammer, use a legitimate number for your financial institution and speak to a trusted representative.
You can also visit the ACCC’s website, www.scamwatch.gov.au, for more information about scams that are currently circulating and what you should do in the event you are affected by a scam.