Paul Donaldson wants to warn people of a new scam in which potential victims are asked to return a call, and are prompted to provide personal details when they do.
Paul Donaldson wants to warn people of a new scam in which potential victims are asked to return a call, and are prompted to provide personal details when they do. Scottie Simmonds

Scams get creative in bid for cash

WHEN Paul Donaldson received a phone call from a man with an Indian accent telling him he had computer problems, he was immediately suspicious it was a scam.

"My wife answered the phone first and she got a bit concerned about the questions the man was asking," Mr Donaldson said.

Mr Donaldson took over the call and the man told him he was from a computer service call centre and they had been receiving error messages from his computer for seven weeks.

But Mr Donaldson said he had heard about similar scams and started to question the man.

"I ended up telling him I knew it was a scam and hanging up," he said.

"But he called me back and asked why I had hung up on him when he was trying to help me fix my computer."

Mr Donaldson said the caller became quite forceful and aggressive in a bid to make him go to a computer and follow his instructions.

He eventually told the caller he would call him back and ask for him, and the man again became aggressive before Mr Donaldson hung up on him again.

Before he hung up the man had given Mr Donaldson a phone number, and he decided to try calling it.

"If you call that number, you get a series of prompts that try to get you to give them your personal details," he said.

"If they don't get you the first time they'll try to get you a second time."

Mr Donaldson said he did a Google search of the number and it came up with many comments from other people about the scam.

He said a friend of his had fallen for a similar scam some time ago and the result was the scammers managed to get into her computer.



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