Scam alert – be vigilant with cold calls this time of year

Police are warning members of a cold call scam currently targeting the community, Queensland Police say.

The victim receives an unsolicited phone call stating their card has been used for a purchase overseas.  The caller asks if the victim has lost their card and then asks the victim to physically get their card, while repeating the card has been used overseas and will be credited. The caller then asks the victim to read out the card number or parts of the card number.

Police recommend if you get a similar call, to just “hang up”.  If you receive a call from someone claiming to be from your bank and are concerned that your card has been compromised, if you feel the questions you are being asked are too personal or if the call is making you uncomfortable, end the call immediately. Then, using the number on the back of your card or debit card, contact your bank direct.

Your bank will never ask for PINs or passwords or to help them in a fraud or internal investigation of any kind.

RU in Control of what information you give out over the phone?

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers.

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