Telstra warns of increase in phone based scams: SSO Alert Priority Moderate
20 August 2014
Telstra has published a notice to customers about phone based scams, adding that over the past year it has observed a four-fold increase in the volume of scams reported by its customers.
It says that, “In most cases, customers made the comments after they were called at home by a scammer and told they need to pay for technical support to fix a problem that doesn’t exist on their home computer. The caller falsely claims they are from Telstra and asks for remote access to the computer.”
Telstra outlines the following tips to avoid phone scams:
If you’re not sure that the person on the other end of the phone is legitimate, hang up and call the organisation by using their official contact details
Be wary of sharing personal, credit card or banking details over the phone, unless you’ve made the call or the phone number came from a trusted source
Never give an unsolicited caller remote access to your computer
Make sure your computer is protected with regularly updated anti-virus and anti-spyware software
If your alarm bells are ringing or you think something’s not quite right, just hang up
Telstra says that because the calls often originate from overseas, they can be difficult to prevent.
Stay Smart Online has previously discussed how scammers often change their tactics. Scammers may attempt to sell you fake software updates or provide remote access to your computer, or they may seek your or financial information. Stay Smart Online has also previously warned of this type of scam targeting mobile devices.
You can report scams to the ACCC via the report a scam page on SCAMwatch or by calling 1300 795 995.
Telstra customers can also report scams to Telstra online, or by calling 13 22 00, or its Facebook page.
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